Last year, we were lucky enough to be the nation that launched the career of Rebecca Black with her debut single, “Friday.” The newest viral video “It’s Thanksgiving” by Nicole Westbrook has America wondering once again what people will do for fame.
I did a bit of research to find out if Nicole Westbrook actually loves Thanksgiving enough to praise mashed potatoes through a turkey leg mic for three and half minutes. I suspected that we have another fame seeking pre-teen, with parents that sold her dignity to Hollywood for not much more than a few million YouTube views and bragging rights in the cul-de-sac. I could not have been more right...
This true, rags-to-riches story began when the now 12-year-old Westbrook moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles after her parents were transferred for work. As luck would have it, she landed herself a gig with the infamous minds behind the even more infamous Rebecca Black. Black’s viral hit “Friday” was produced by Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson and released under the Ark Music Factory label. It’s no surprise here that the same people were responsible for “It’s Thanksgiving,” and we can expect equally pitiful success from Westbrook’s song.
Maybe the critics are right. Maybe America is the land of embarrassingly desperate YouTube fame seekers. But why does this outrageous equation keep working on us?
Who knows, just watch the video. After all, everyone is talking about it.