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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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  1. I thought it was entertaining but about 3:15 too long.

    Comment by Thud — 04/28/2007 @ 09:10:51 PM

  2. Naturally, I had to do a sarcasm scan on your comment — i.e., check that the video wasn’t only 3:15 long ;)

    Comment by CT — 04/29/2007 @ 11:21:25 PM

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