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Saturday, April 28, 2021

I guess I’m the only person in the world (well, along with this guy) who isn’t in love with Alanis Morissette’s cover/parody of the Black Eye Peas’ “My Humps”.

Some see this down-tempo rendition, with accompanying goof-off music video, as a grand counter-statement to the glorification of sexual objectification and shallow imagery.

Me, I see it as pretentiousness, set to piano and Morissette’s warbling vocals.

Attempting to re-imbue lyrics with an ironically somber tone doesn’t really work when the song was silly to begin with. In fact, the original version should come off as over-the-top parody as well, provided you’re not hyper-critical. So when the object of the joke was an intentional joke to begin with, it really makes the exercise rather pointless.

But given the way this clip is burning up the Web, I can see this being but a starting point for Morissette. The plan is clear: She’s going to become the female/Canadian/emo version of Weird Al Yankovic!

Meaning we can look forward to her skewering, oh, The Pussycat Dolls next, with a strained rendition of “Buttons”. Assuming she continues to go after obvious straw-man targets.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/28/2007 06:53:34 PM
Category: Celebrity, Creative, Pop Culture
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Is it just me, or did this weekend’s 2007 NFL Entry Draft arrive with very little fanfare?

I’ve got the ESPN live coverage on, and it’s supposed to provide a timely dose of offseason football banter that should last until August’s preseason kicks off.

And yet… I’m really not feeling any excitement as the first round ticks down. Not even the artificially-hyped kind that Chris Berman and the other talking heads strive to create.

Maybe it’s the result of my not watching any college football this past fall. I’m familiar enough with what went down and around in the NCAA, but it didn’t seem like any players emerged as can’t-miss type prospects for the pros. JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn are about the closest it gets, and no one expects them to do much in the 2007 season.

For once, I’ll be curious to see what the ratings will be for ESPN’s hours-long coverage. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a significant dip from last year.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/28/2007 01:40:33 PM
Category: Football
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