In Briefs: Terrible Music Video

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: 13 year old’s “Worst Song Ever” gets 29 million YouTube hits. I
know I keep threatening to move to the moon….and I will continue to do so as long as there are statistics like these on Earth.

Seriously. It’s like Akie said. Nothing truly good can rise to the top when we’re all too busy critiquing a teenager’s use of Autotune in a song about waiting for the school bus.

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: What really gets me is the backlash from some of the amateur “music critics” who are also on YouTube, and who felt it more important to criticize and threaten the singer than just excoriate the song. I’m like, dude, you’re TWENTY YEARS OLD. If you have nothing better to do than to call a 13-year-old girl a b**** on YouTube, something is seriously wrong.

Also, I think the line “gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal” is inspired. But then, I’m also pretty sure it’s secretly about pot.

CHRIS PUMMER: it blows my mind that anyone cares about this. The song doesn’t even have a hook that gets stuck in your head to piss you of like the worst of the really bad songs do. I can’t even remember how this song goes and have forgotten everything about it besides the words being a stream of mumbled gibberish.

But of all the stupid videos on YouTube — of people playing banjo-ukelele duels, to their pets playing tubas, or whatever — I don’t know why this one is getting picked on.

Because it cost a lot of money to make? I suppose I’m representative of those who feel distain for flushing this kind of money down the toilet.

At the same time, I’ve got kids. If they came to me and said this is something that would fulfill their dreams and I had the dough to do it, I guess I’d say yes. Because it is only money when you’ve got a lot of it.

I don’t want to say something mean like this dream wouldn’t be happening for this girl if her parents weren’t footing the bill. But, yeah, that looks like the case.

What should be more disturbing is how lots of people leverage privilege for things that seem much more mundane yet have a more profound impact on the rest of us. Things like careers and education.

I guess that bigger issue is too hard to condense into a four-minute video for the Internet.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I think it’s pretty disheartening that terrible stuff that people
want to make fun of spreads like wildfire. It’s kind of like the world is becoming like me in college. More interested in tearing down the bad than in enjoying the good.

STEPHON JOHNSON: Speaking of which, it looks like Rebecca Black is going to make $1 million this week off of iTunes downloads of “Friday.”

CHRIS PUMMER: Again proving that the easiest way to fail up is to start out with a lot of money.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: If that’s not positive reinforcement for mediocrity I don’t know what is!

I’m off to make a music video called “Asians in the Library” and put it on YouTube. You’re all invited to a party on my yacht one month from now.

MATTHEW DAVID BROZIK: Someone beat you to it.

AKIE BERMISS: i agree with Chris. a crapton of money and no talent? prepare to get richer.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: We all thought The Producers was a hilarious musical farce! It turned out it was a dire prediction of social and creative doom!

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