The music video for Rebecca Black's "Saturday" is a mostly harmless work of entertainment. The production values in both the music and the video are notably stronger than Black's "Friday." Her voice has been better autotuned not to attract derision, the lyrics are no better but at least hide themselves of any pointed mockery, while making slight allusions to erasing the exposure of previous work ("Trying to get Friday out of my head"), and it is mostly shot on what looks like real sets. It's completely banal and not worth anyone's time really, except for one thing.
The ending of of "Saturday," features a number of teens dancing at a home party and having a good time. Suddenly, as the music stops, the door to the home randomly opens, revealing a cop arresting a protesting black male. The man quotes some of the lyrics from Black's "Friday," and is perhaps a reference to Patrice Wilson, who appeared in the song and video.
This event has no relationship to the rest of the narrative of the video, making it notably striking. The black male has not been attending the party, nor has he been seen "stalking" the white kids through the video. For four minutes, we follow a number of innocuous affluent white teens having a good Saturday afternoon and partying without supervision in an affluent white home, and then we're suddenly presented with this final image, after the music has ended, so we're forced to pay attention to it. What is the intention behind this image?
My one guess is that Black sees this as revenge. She considers Wilson an enemy, that perhaps as a producer for ARK Music Factory that they sabotaged her career by incidentally making a meme out of her, and also over WIlson's refusal to turn over the master tapes and the subsequent lawsuit against him. But this image, of an older black male being hostile and handled by the police, in a video that otherwise features no police and only one other black male teen (wearing glasses, and thus "safe"), it's a troubling, frankly racist image. Even if Black wanted to mock Wilson, why would she have him being handled by police? It's one I would like to know more about—whose decision it was to end the video as such, how it was designed to be part of the narrative, and why no one realized how frankly insulting the image would be in a time of a larger national conversation on police violence against African American males. The lack of cultural awareness is striking.