Mar 24 2011
In America, there are 10,000 ways to get rich. Some are unfortunate – selling drugs, prostitution, the guy who had to chop off his arm while hiking. Some are through celebrity – actors, athletes, Antoine Dodson.
Until yesterday, I’d never considered one way to get rich.
For nearly two weeks, a 13-year old named Rebecca Black has endured an onslaught of hate from every corner of America for her song and music video, “Friday.” People despise it. For 8 days, she’s been in Twitter’s Trending Topics – something difficult to do for even TWO consecutive days. The video has 42+ million views on YouTube.
Some people will say her fame (or infamy) is because she lacks talent. That’s wrong. Her fame has been built by the black hearts of millions of Americans who think there’s nothing wrong with publicly insulting teenagers chasing their dreams. As the adage goes, we don’t hate her because she’s famous. She’s famous because we hate her.
We’re a society of loose-lipped fools.
When I was five years old, I learned this: “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
Patience. Self-control. Goodness. Gentleness. Kindness. They’re easy ideas to speak of but colossally difficult when we face real life because we speak those words with our minds – as principles. That’s simple. Anyone can talk. But we live from our hearts – in action. Most of us need real help in the heart department (myself included!).
So…..Rebecca Black: I hope you’re finding way #10,001 to be rich. I hope you’re getting rich because of our meanness! No human being made in God’s image should have to endure what you’ve endured. I’m praying right this moment that God will build your heart through this experience and teach you incredible things the rest of us could never understand. I hope that, somehow, all this makes you a wise woman, prepared to do good for the rest of your life! I hope you feel God’s love for you! -andy