October is National Bullying Awareness Month, and many celebrities have used their platform to speak out against the real truths of bullying that exist online and offline. One of those well-known figures is Rebecca Black, who just penned an essay about bullying and how it led her to question her own survival.
Black famously released the song and YouTube video for “Friday” back in 2011 when she was just 13 years old. It absolutely exploded, and the singer quickly attracted a lot of attention to herself. Unfortunately, not all of it was positive. Now 20, Black still makes new music and is currently on tour.
To be so young and the center of so much internet hate is, understatedly, a traumatic experience. Black’s essay, titled “What I Learned from Being a Target of Internet Hate at Age 13,” is a reflection of resilience and meaningful insight on what she learned.
Black’s insight into bullying extends into her own online community. She and her fans hold each other responsible for what they say to one another. As an extension of her own activism against bullying, Black is using her newest EP release, RE/BL, to talk about her experiences and be a voice for others who may have gone through similar situations.
Even though Black’s experience is pretty unique, she knows that bullying isn’t.
Black wants everyone to know that if you’re experiencing bullying, you don’t have to handle it alone.
Thank you, Rebecca, for opening up and being a great resource for others.