Viral-video sensation Rebecca Black has emerged after a bit of an Internet hiatus — home school ? Kathy Beth Terry ’s house? — with a brand-new cover of Miley Cyrus’ salacious summertime hit “We Can’t Stop.”
Of course, given her age (just 16) and her squeaky-clean persona, Black’s not getting as down-and-dirty as America’s reigning queen of twerk … so instead of bumping and grinding against dudes with smoking crotches, RB simply sings the song, accompanied by a singer named Jon D, who has very nice teeth worthy of a youth minister.
She’s also replaced some of Miley’s more, uh, not questionable lyrics with appropriately PG material, so “To my homegirls here with the big butts/Shakin’ it like we at a strip club” becomes “To my homegirls here, living it up/Feeling alive and are in love,” and Cyrus’ “trying to get a line in the bathroom” line is removed entirely.
Instead, the focus is placed solely on Black’s singing abilities — you can tell she’s really going for it when she closes her eyes — which have definitely improved from her “Friday” heyday .
And sure, that’s not going to make for a particularly compelling bit of viral fodder. Instead, Black’s song is a sanitized, slightly sleepy ballad that certainly doesn’t offend. But given that folks are already saying Black’s version of the song is better than Miley’s original (or Rihanna’s ), well, then she’s probably already won. Again.