Is 12 year old Nicole Westbrook the next viral video star? She’s certainly generating quite a bit of buzz with this video, which, as of November 14, has garnered over 6 million views in the week that it’s been live:

If there’s something about “It’s Thanksgiving” that seems so familiar to you, but you just can’t put your finger on it, let me help you out.

Patrice Wilson.

Who’s Patrice Wilson, you say? He’s part of the team who wrote and produced last year’s viral tween: Rebecca Black’s “Friday.”

The songs (and videos) begin pretty similarly. Whereas Rebecca Black watched the days of the week fly off of her planner, Nicole Westbrook crosses off all the dates on her calendar because she can’t wait for Thanksgiving. It’s her favorite day of the year. Good news, Nicole! I see you crossing off November 28 and getting so excited, but you’ll be happy to know that Thanksgiving comes a whole week early this year. Even better!

Oh no! You missed Thanksgiving!

Westbrook’s video for “It’s Thanksgiving” also shares some of the same improbable elements that Black’s “Friday” video did. Much like we saw Rebecca pondering over which seat she could take in a convertible that appeared to be driven by fourteen year olds, we now see Nicole Westbrook not only preparing Thanksgiving dinner, but setting the table and sitting down to enjoy some turkey (ay!) and mashed potatoes (ay!) with a whole gang of twelve year olds. They all showed up with side dishes, but no parents.

By the age of 13, she will have mastered homemade filling. It’s in the sequel.

Oh, wait. I’m sorry. One adult (Patrice Wilson, who also appeared in Black’s video) dressed as a turkey shows up. Apparently he’s the only adult that ever celebrates any holiday with Westbrook and friends.

Not weird.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty impressed that 12 year olds can independently prepare Thanksgiving dinner (where are their parents?). I’m 30 and I can’t even be trusted to get the Pillsbury crescent rolls out of the oven on time.

They all sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, and then something really kind of weird happens.

Nicole Westbrook interrupts Grace and turns into Ke$ha.

Her vocal style changes and she starts getting sassy, informing her friends that they “can’t be hateful, gotta be grateful, gotta be grateful, can’t be hateful.” Then she thanks a few of them. Turkey Man smiles, nods in agreement, and dances in his seat.

Adult supervision.

Then they all break it down while Nicole sings into a turkey leg.

While it probably won’t be winning any Grammy awards anytime soon, you can kind of see why this fun little tune would be appealing to Nicole Westbrook’s peer group. They like poppy, bubblegummy songs. And even if you hate it, you have to admit (much like you had to admit with “Friday”) that the chorus is catchy. It stays in your head.

And then perhaps you go back to listen to it again, trying to get rid of it, only to find out that you can’t. Or you share it with your friends because it’s amusing and you, like me, are trying to figure out where in the continental US Nicole Westbrook lives that she’s wearing a leather jacket on the 4th of July but a tank top and sleeveless dress for Thanksgiving. Either way, those are interesting ways to drive views and generate buzz.

So, given the similarities between Westbrook’s and Black’s songs, should we expect a similar outcome for “It’s Thanksgiving?” Will this song have any staying power, or will it go the way of “Friday” and fade away? One thing’s for sure: Rebecca Black is probably enjoying her resurgence as people are [not so] subliminally reminded of her song.

What do you think? What’s next for Nicole Westbrook? 

Image source: all images are screen shots from the “It’s Thanksgiving” video