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Internet sensation Rebecca Black, who skyrocketed to fame (and infamy) when her music video for the song "Friday" went viral earlier this year, has received death threats and is now under protection by Anaheim, Calif., police, Reuters is reporting.
Anaheim Police spokesman Rick Martinez says: "The threats were related to getting the music off the Internet or they would kill her. We can't validate how serious they are, but we do take it seriously." Martinez adds the
The 13-year-old Black was an unknown before this February. But after her music video for "Friday" (produced by the vanity label Ark Music Factory) launched, the hate came pouring in from all sides. Mainstream media outlets criticized it (with an overwhelming chorus of "this is the worst music video ever made"), and Black found herself bombarded by hateful comments all across the Internet.
Black said that she felt "cyberbullied" and, judging by some of the violent Twitter messages she received (suggesting that she cut herself, kill herself or develop an eating disorder), Black was not wrong to feel that way.
Someone out there has taken the bullying even further, however, emailing and phoning death threats to the teenager in March. Black very smartly alerted the police, who say they are probing the matter and "keeping an extra eye out" for Black as they investigate. Adds Martinez, "If we believe they were actually intended as threats we will work toward prosecution."