If that punk Rebecca Black can get rich by making a crappy song and video, I wanna do it too! How can I make viral videos that win me financial and celebrity acclaim?
If I knew the answer to that, do you really think I'd be telling you how to become a millionaire while I sit here in my Target pajamas, drinking Charles Shaw out of a measuring cup?
According to Slate, Black has probably made about $40,000 from the song, and assuming she doesn't use most of it on therapy from the hatefest she inspired, that's a decent sum for a 13-year-old. While there's no magical key for making lots of money that you don't deserve, here are a few suggestions for you to try on your way to Internet infamy, based on YouTube's most-viewed videos of all time.
Horribly embarrass or drug your small children and record the ensuing nonsense blanket of hilarity for all to mock.
Who benefited from it: The "David After Dentist" and the "Charlie Bit My Finger" families. David's family made $150,000 off their video. The dad even quit his job. He now sells t-shirts of a cartoon version of his drug-addled son for a living. His advice on how to make videos go viral, according to Business Insider: "I'd just pick something that you're good at and really like and just do it really well." Terrific! Tomorrow I'll be making a handful of videos that involve me getting sunburned, beating myself at Connect 4, reciting all of Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee" by heart, and filling up Twitter with hashtag puns about nuns. #BadHabit
Take a super hot guy, add a horse, a sailboat, and diamonds, and use them somehow to sell men's bodywash.
Who benefited from it: Old Spice, and humanity.
Be Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber.
Who benefited: Everyone who works for Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. Who did not benefit: The cow Lady Gaga slaughtered to make her dress for the VMAs.
Be a really talented 6-year-old or a sweet, yet unkempt grandma type and sing something from a famous musical on a reality TV show with "talent" in the title.
Hysterically sob about a pop star you feel has been wronged by the media.
Who benefited from it: Chris Crocker, he of the "Leave Britney Alone!" meme, was offered his own reality show, launched a music career, and starred in a Sierra Mist commercial, the last of which is the benchmark for all mainstream success, I'm pretty sure.
Get yourself some producers, filmmakers, and screenwriters. Make up a fictional storyline about a lonely teenage girl involved in a cult and put it on YouTube. Don't tell anyone it's fake until way later.
Who benefited: The creators of lonelygirl15, and everyone who's made a spin-off show in a similar vein.
Pay $2,000 and have a music factory make you a video about squirrels or how to audibly solve long-division problems. In a convertible, obviously.