Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/20/black_threats/

Death threats against 'worst song ever' YouTube teen

Cops probe demand for Rebecca Black oeuvre suppression

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 20th April 2011 09:00 GMT

Police in Anaheim, California, are "keeping an extra eye out" for net sensation Rebecca Black, following death threats against the teen singer.

Black, 13, was catapulted to instant fame as the YouTube video of her song Friday went global, despite music lovers' description of the ditty as "the worst song ever".

Following plenty of media exposure, Black has now attracted some altogether less welcome attention. According to Reuters, her Los Angeles-based production and management companies received two death threats back in March, one over the phone and another via email.

Anaheim Police spokesman Rick Martinez said: "In essence the threats were related to getting the music off the internet or they were going to kill her. We can't validate how serious they are, but we do take it seriously."

He added: "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. If we believe they were actually intended as threats we will work toward prosecution." ®

Bootnote

For the record, here's Rebecca Black's Friday. Please resist the temptation to get on the phone to California – it's just not worth doing prison time for ...