Twitter Reacts: Willa Ford Blames 9/11 For Failed Music Career

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Willa Ford 911 Reactions

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Willa Ford 911 Reactions

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Willa Ford blames the 9/11 terrorist attacks for contributing to her failed music career in a new interview, and Twitter is now reacting to the singer’s controversial statement. See the tweets below.

Ford rose to fame in May 2001 with her hit single, “I Wanna Be Bad.” Many expected the pop star to become the next Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera, but she became just a one-hit wonder when her follow-up single, “Did Ya’ Understand That,” failed to resonate with the public. In a new interview with Billboard, Ford expresses her belief that the September 11 attacks were partly responsible for her lack of prolonged success.

“It was the perfect storm,” Ford says. “A lot of people don’t realize this, but my second single was released on September 11, 2001. Everything that happened that day froze; the world stood still, as it should have. My second single didn’t do well because anything that launched that day kind of got canned.” She adds, “I know that sounds silly, but on radio they slate things, but it really fell to the wayside.”

Many Twitter users are taking umbrage with Ford’s statement. One person wrote, “I’d probably blame your talent and voice…not 9/11.” Another said, “No your career failed because you weren’t that good.” And another person expressed, “Sorry Willa my brother in laws death saving hundreds of people on 9/11 interrupted ur career(?) sure thousands who died that day would agree.”

Meanwhile, one user suggested, “Listen to her music and you will understand why her career tanked.” “Typically a bad look to blame your failed career on a national tragedy,” another person wrote. One Twitter user offered, “I guess you have to blame it on something besides yourself.” And another person insisted, “Wrong to blame 9/11. Saying this is not going to HELP!!”

However, there were also a few Twitter users who came to Ford’s defense. “She’s not incorrect,” one person said. “There were other up and coming musicians with releases that week whose careers tanked. That’s life though.” Another user stated, “Totally makes sense, she is not wrong, I remember the song, but how can you push a career in that moment.” And one fan proclaimed, “Leave Willa Ford alone.”

UPDATE: Ford clarified her comments Friday in a statement to People. The singer said, “In a recent interview with Billboard, I made a comment about the release of a single by my record label on September 11, 2001, where I stated ‘Everything that happened that day froze; the world stood still as it should have.’ During the past day, other news outlets have taken the liberty to say that I somehow blamed 9/11 for my song not taking off… this could not be further from the truth. It was meant to be an inspirational piece about how the universe sent me in a new and different direction, one that has led me to success and joy in other areas of my personal and professional life.”

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