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Rebecca Black Would Be A Huge Internet Star If 'Friday' Came Out Today, And You Know It

Ahead of the curve.

It’s been nine years since Rebecca Black released ‘Friday’ and subsequently became an internet punchline, even to this day.

While she’s managed to overcome the awful and unwarranted torrent of abuse heaped upon her and is seemingly in a much happier place doing what she wants to do (which includes making new music), one can’t help but think that Rebecca Black could’ve easily been a leading figure in today’s influencer culture had the timing been right.

Speaking of viral songs, the GOAT team talk about 2020’s big viral hit ‘Dinosaurs In Love’ on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

When Rebecca Black first dropped ‘Friday’ on us in 2011, no one quite knew how to react to the song and music video. Is it meant to be serious? Is it a joke? Is it meant to be satire? Is this taking the piss?

As humans are wont to do when faced with something they don’t understand, they react with hostility and Rebecca Black soon became the internet’s punching bag for years, and all for a song that’s literally about looking forward to the weekend.

Yet in a way, ‘Friday’ helped ready the internet for the torrent of viral stupidity that was to be unleashed.

Just a few years after ‘Friday’ was released, social media started to boom, an increasing number of people starting jumping onboard the trend, and folks started doing dumb stuff and sharing it online. Having already endured ‘Friday’, the internet were more accepting of increasingly stupid antics since everyone in becoming increasingly desensitised to it, and thus the internet celebrity and influencer culture was born.

Rebecca was one of the first people to get internet famous and was ahead on the curve on the viral fame front in a way. It’s just an awful shame that it came a few years too early for her to really take advantage.

In hindsight, all that hate directed to Rebecca and ‘Friday’ was completely unwarranted since people are getting rich and famous for videos that are several hundred times more idiotic and problematic than a music vid about the weekend. If the song were released today, Rebecca Black would be a massively famous and you know it.

While it must sort suck for Rebecca to be the testing ground for influencer culture rather than a leading figure, she’s managed to come out of the whole ‘Friday’ debacle intact and is ironically doing influencer things, like YouTube videos and a constant stream of Instagram posts.

So next time an internet challenge or viral video arrives, just remember that Rebecca Black crawled so future influencers and internet-famous idiots could run.

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Noah Centineo Wants You To Know His Relationship Is Going Great, Okay!?

Nothing suss to see here.

So the sequel to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before has landed with a much-awaited bang (and a mouthful of a title – To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You), which means we have to prep ourselves for yet another cycle of what I like to call “Putting Up With Noah Centineo Until The Buzz Dies Down.”

For this latest season, Noah Centineo is now in a relationship with Instagram influencer Alexis Ren and based on his comments, it sounds like it’s going great. Just so frigging great.

Speaking of suss romances, the GOAT team dive into Zendaya’s office fling on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

In a big profile piece for Harper’s Bazaar, Noah goes into things like being the internet’s boyfriend, the To All The Boys Sequel, and the dark times and struggles of being “Noah Centineo”. When the topic of relationships and Alexis Ren came up, things got a little, well, weird.

After a prologue about how he “looked for codependents” and having a history of being “super compulsive and obsessive” in his relationships due to some abandonment and issues with his mum, Noah then reveals how his relationship with Alexis has been his longest (clocking in at 10 months at the time of writing).

Then without much prompting, Noah goes on to praise Alexis as being *checks notes* um, “very good at monogamy” and then noting that he too loves “monogamy.” If it reads like a Yelp review, that’s because it does. As a cherry on top, he proceeds to trash the idea of a one-night stand, saying that “ninety percent of the time, they’re not that good.”

Noah, mate, it’s great you’re in a relationship with Alexis and whatnot, but what’s with all that weird stuff about monogamy and one-night stands? If your relationship is going fine then just say it because this other stuff makes it seem pretty suss, like you’re trying to convince yourself that you’re in paradise when the reality is far from it.

Hell, it’s no different than Justin Bieber trying to convince himself that marriage is great by going on an extended rant on about how being married has been so good for him when the evidence suggests otherwise.

For what it’s worth, Noah Centineo made his relationship with Alexis Ren Instagram official shortly after the Harper’s Bazaar profile (as seen above), which probably means we’ve been reading too much into this and everything is going fine. Just so bloody fine.

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