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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rebecca Black Death Threats

The “hatas” are trying to take down Rebecca Black! Police in Anaheim, CA are investigating two separate death threats made against the “Friday” singer — one made by phone, another by e-mail — earlier this month.

Black, 13, became an celebrity overnight when the video from her nightmarish debut single, went viral last month. “Friday’s” been viewed more than 100 million times on YouTube and that number is growing by the minute. Waning lyrics, such as “Yesterday was Thursday / Today is Friday / We’re so excited … We gonna have a ball today / Tomorrow is Saturday and Sunday comes afterwards. / I don’t want this weekend to end,” were enough to make Rebecca the victim of some pretty relentless cyberbullies.

But now a few Black naysayers have taken things a step too far.

“In essence, the threats were related to getting the music off the Internet or they were going to kill her,” Anaheim Police spokesperson Rick Martinez told Reuters Wednesday.

Authorities have not revealed the extent of the threats, which were reportedly sent to the production and management company that represents Black, but say the remarks are being taken “very seriously.”

Martinez said officers were “keeping an extra eye out” for Black as they investigate the messages. Though Investigators have not yet identified the person or persons behind the threats, but said they could face criminal charges.

“We’re going to investigate and determine, number one, the source of the comments and then based on the investigation determine what intent was and where we go from here,” Martinez added. “If we believe they were actually intended as threats we will work toward prosecution.”

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