O.C. 'Friday' singer Rebecca Black dabbles in Mexican politics
YouTube sensation Rebecca Black is back with another video racking up the dislikes, but this time there is no singing involved and no references to the day of the week.
In a video posted this week, Black, a 14-year-old from Anaheim Hills, publically endorsed Mexican presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto. Univision News reports that Black is half Mexican and was accompanied to the gathering by her Spanish-speaking mother.
The teenager rose to Internet stardom after her music video "Friday" hit the web in March 2011. Among other things, the music video was criticized heavily for its song lyrics, including a chorus in which Black wonders aloud whether she should sit in the “front seat” versus the “back seat” of a car. One version of the video on YouTube has more than 32 million views and about 500,000 more “dislikes” than “likes.”
Black’s appearance on a Peña Nieto campaign video comes as something of a surprise. In the video, she speaks in English and has her words translated for the spectators.
"I personally think that it is very important for youth and teens to be so involved in politics," Black said. "Even though I’m only 14 and won’t be able to vote for another four years, you don't want to be 18 and not know anything about what you are going to vote about."
In the edited video, Black makes only one reference to the Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate, saying she believes Peña Nieto "is going to do a fantastic job."
Meanwhile, Black’s website announced that her new single, "Sing It," was released on iTunes May 7. That video has more than 1 million views on YouTube.
-- Matt Stevens