Rebecca Black Receives Outpouring of Support After Touching Post About Bullying 9 Years After 'Friday' Was Released

YouTube sensation Rebecca Black, the singer whose song "Friday" went viral after being dubbed "the worst song ever" by music critics, has received messages of support from fans nearly 10 years since the video was released on YouTube in February 2011.

The then 13-year-old singer from California faced a barrage of vitriol and bullying from listeners after the song was uploaded on YouTube. It received nearly 1.2 million "dislikes" by March 2011 and around 3.2 million "dislikes" from listeners by June that year.

The song was criticized by various media outlets including Yahoo! Music, which reportedly questioned whether the "mind-meltingly horrific song" was "the worst song ever?" joining several other publications who berated the tune and video.

"Black's video for 'Friday' is one of those rare occurrences where even the most seasoned critics of Internet culture don't know where to begin. From the singing straight out of Auto-Tuned hell to lyrics such as 'Tomorrow is Saturday / And Sunday comes afterwards / I don't want this weekend to end' and a hilariously bad rap about passing school buses, 'Friday' is something that simply must be seen and heard to be fully appreciated," described Billboard magazine.

The bullying Black experienced reportedly included death threats and being told: "I hope you cut yourself and I hope you get a eating disorder so you'll look pretty," she recounted to ABC News at the time. The overwhelming harassment forced the singer to drop out of school that year and be home-schooled by her mother.

Black, who is now 22 years old, reflected on her struggles during that period in a post on her official Twitter account shared on the 9th anniversary of the song's debut.

"9 years ago today [February 10] a music video for a song called "friday" was uploaded to the internet. above all things, I just wish I could go back and talk to my 13 year old self who was terribly ashamed of herself and afraid of the world," she wrote.

Her message reflected on her "15 year old self who felt like she had nobody to talk about the depression she faced" and "17 year old self who would get to school only to get food thrown at her and her friends" and "19 year old self who had almost every producer/songwriter tell me they'd never work with me. hell, to myself a few days ago who felt disgusting when she looked in the mirror!"

"I'm trying to remind myself more and more that every day is a new opportunity to shift your reality and lift your spirit. you are not defined by any one choice or thing. time heals and nothing is finite," she wrote.

Her heartfelt message was embraced by fans who defended the song as well as Black, condemning cyberbullying culture and the term "Rebecca Black" has been trending on Twitter since.

"Rebecca Black got crucified at 13 by a bunch of adults for making a fun music video with her friends...that would never be allowed with our generation periodT," wrote @jupitergorl.

"On god y'all better stop being mean to Rebecca Black. Friday was a banger!," wrote @ChrisO2_.

"Rebecca Black. Woah," wrote @HisNameIsD.

"Why were we all so mean to Rebecca Black like damn," wrote @whitechr1sti.

"Rebecca Black's music legit snaps now we love to see it," wrote @_tnguyen87.

Some users recalled that, despite all the rejection from many listeners, pop star Lady Gaga once came to Black's defense.

"I think it's fantastic," the pop star said during an interview at Google's headquarters in March 2011, on Black's fame on YouTube, Billboard reported. "I say Rebecca Black is a genius and anyone that's telling her she's cheesy is full of s***."

"The fact that Lady Gaga was the only superstar that came to Rebecca Black's defense is forever iconic," wrote @Squidwrd_Stan.

"Lady gaga rebecca black is a genius," wrote @tonyahard1ng.

X Factor judge Simon Cowell was also reported to have dubbed Black's song as "genius."

"Love it!" Cowell told Entertainment Weekly. "I've never seen anything cause so much controversy. I think it's genius. The fact that everyone's getting upset about it is hysterical."

"Friday" was previously removed from YouTube but was re-uploaded in September 2011 and has since received nearly 140 million views, with around 1.1 million Likes and 3.6 million dislikes. Back in March 2011 it usurped Justin Bieber's video for the song "Baby" as the most disliked video on YouTube with nearly 1.17 million dislikes.

In 2011, Black was also awarded the Choice Web Star award at the Teen Choice Awards.

Black's YouTube channel currently has 1.46 million subscribers.

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Rebecca Black attends Beautycon Los Angeles 2019 Pink Carpet at Los Angeles Convention Center on August 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images
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