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Considering the link between mass killings and celebrities
We were walking down Ocean Drive in Miami Beach on Friday night and wanted to escape the loud music and even louder Happy Hour patrons crowding most of the bars, so we ducked into a little place called News Cafe. The bartender, a southern gal from North Carolina, chatted us up. It was the day of the shootings in Connecticut where 20 children and seven adults died. “Make bullets a million bucks,” she said while wiping the counters. “And stop publishing the names of the shooters.”
I had heard these arguments last time there was a “mass shooting,” as these incidents are now called. I dismissed both ideas because of the obvious impracticalities. Extreme gun control laws can’t stop a black market for guns. And besides, the suggestion that deranged people kill for notoriety always seemed far fetched. Murdering just to become famous? I never really got that.
Teen has received death threats
The 13-year-old pop star who was made famous by what some consider the worst music video ever made has left high school due to bullying, her mother told ABC News. She has also received death threats.
Rebecca Black became famous after the video she paid $4,000 to have produced went viral. It has now passed 170 million views on YouTube, but “Friday” has also been highly criticized for its simplistic lyrics and the heavy use of voice-modifying software.
Although her mother wouldn’t elaborate on what students in her high school had said, Black has faced extremely harsh comments on YouTube. One of the most hurtful to Black read: ”I think you should get an eating disorder because that will make you prettier.”
But it’s not only bullying that has caused her to shift into homeschooling. Black has been too busy for regular schooling. She recently appeared in the Katy Perry music video, Last Friday Night, received an award at the MTV Awards and filmed the video for her new single, My Moment.