Friday Is Not Always a Good Day... Just Ask Rebecca Black | Parenting
Consider this combination of ingredients -- 8th graders, 14-year-olds, and instant celebrity status... and what do you come up with? Probably not what the actual outcome was.
In Rebecca Black's case the outcome was being teased at her high school (and being called names online). Rebecca Black, a 14-year-old pop singer, gained insta-celeb status whan her video FRIDAY went viral. So far, it's been watched more than 1,140,000 times. She reports that the teasing got so bad that she had to leave school. And the lyrics were harmless enough. Consider for yourself: It's Friday, Friday... Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend.... (WATCH BELOW)
I don't quite get what the problem was in this particular case. Apparently, as the other kids passed her in the hallway they taunted her with the lyrics. Why on earth weren't they all celebrating the fact that their school was now on the map? Football stars are embraced and stars of the school play are applauded. What was it about Rebecca's success that was so unappealing to the other kids?
Was it that she was too popular and too successful? At what point does popularity and success become overwhelming?
Popularity continues to be a double-edged sword. Sometimes others will flock to you. At other times, they'll knock you off your precariously perched pedestal.
Well, one thing is for sure. At least, poor Rebecca has the weekend to look forward to.
Barbara Greenberg and Jennifer Powell-Lunder are authors of the hit book, "Teenage as a Second Language: A Parent's Guide to Becoming Bilingual." They've set up an interactive website for parents and teens to listen, learn and discuss hot topics and daily dilemmas. You can find it at www.talkingteenage.com.