Nicole Westbrook is poised to become the latest YouTube child “singer” star to emerge from writer/producer Patrice Wilson’s tween-bop music video factory. Wilson is the creative force behind last year’s hate-watch sensation – Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” As “Friday” nears 43 million views on YouTube (with almost 880k likes vs. 210k up votes), Wilson has recycled his magic formula with an eye on the holiday season.
“It’s Thanksgiving” marks the return of all of your “Friday” favorites. There’s a calendar where Nicole counts down the days until Thanksgiving, in this case it falls on the 28th, which judging by the flat screen TV you see later means it must be 2013 – NICOLE WESTBROOK IS FROM THE FUTURE GUYS! Just like how Rebecca Black and her friends count down the days of the week, Westbrook helpfully runs us through all of the holidays leading up to turkey day. In case you missed it: December was Christmas, January was New Years, April was Easter AND the 4th of July.
In addition to mastering the space-time continuum, Westbrook is one self-sufficient young woman. She cooks an entire Thanksgiving meal for her tween friends, but I’m docking points for her use of a boxed stuffing kit. Luckily there is some adult supervision as Patrice Wilson shows up to mouth some lyrics and provide the traditional Thanksgiving barbecue baby back ribs. I can’t fault Wilson for trying to make a dollar and he seems to be having some knowing fun. You don’t employ a turkey leg as a makeshift microphone without a little bit of self-awareness.
For all its kitsch, “It’s Thanksgiving” sends the right message. To everyone out there, don’t forget, this Thanksgiving you “can’t be hateful, gotta be grateful!”