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Day: June 20, 2011

Rebecca Black’s Friday removed from YouTube

How many 13 year-olds have uploaded a video of themselves singing on YouTube? More than one or two I’d imagine. However just how many of them have uploaded a video of them singing on to YouTube and had over 160 million people view that video? I think the answer to that question might just be one – Rebecca Black.

When her video Friday hit YouTube it quickly became the biggest Social Media phenomenon that I can remember. It may have been the biggest of all time. Facebook and Twitter both went into meltdown and if you had made it through the past couple of months without having heard the song then you’d have been going some. However watching said video now is not as easy after a despute between the artist and the production company has led to the video being taken down from the video sharing website.

The Ark Music Factory had started to charge viewers $2.99 (£1.85) to watch the video via it’s YouTube platform. This was done without the knowledge nor consent of Miss Black. The 13 year-old has now launched legal action over the video and with a copyright claim has enforced YouTube to take the video down. I am pretty sure that she is happy for the video to stay on the site as long as it is free but the production company think they can milk this for even more money.

It will be a very interesting case to follow as to who exactly owns the rights to the video and song. Rebecca Black’s parents paid Ark a sum to produce the song and video but have been claiming since March that they company are exploiting her. This could get messy folks. This is another example of talentless nobodies getting their fifteen minutes of fame. With the way things are going I’ll get commissioned to write and star in my own TV show in the near future. If Imogen Thomas and Rebecca Black can be stars with no talent then so can I…

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TV looks like it has found a way to sink even lower.

Just when I think we can’t sink any lower in terms of entertainment we drop another level. So a former Big Brother contestant had a fling with a married Premier League footballer. We don’t give a damn. It dominated the media landscape for a couple of weeks but is now already yesterday’s chip paper. However the lady in question isn’t ready to give up just yet and plans to turn her seedy affair into big money but how is she planning to this?

Is it be on another reality TV show? I know that I’m a Celebrity… would love to add her to the next series in the jungle. Could she write a tell all book? Will she become a TV presenter for some trashy TV show/channel? All of these are possible but none are as depressing and indicative of the culture that we live in than the truth.

The truth as exclusively revealed by The Sun today is she is locked in talks with multiple broadcasters about her own reality TV show entitled Imogen Finds A Husband and now I vomit. I know in this digital age there is a lot of TV hours to fill and so much of it is dross but have we as a nation and as a society come to the point where the barrel has been scraped so much that a reality TV show about a nobody finding a husband is worth not only being commissioned but for multiple broadcasters to have shown some interest?

I know there have been some god awful reality TV shows – mostly on ITV2 – but really Imogen Thomas finding a husband? What the hell has happened to television? Do people really want to watch such tripe?

Honestly my faith in humanity gets rocked most days but today the rocking has been of seismic levels.

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