You’ll remember a certain very adorable video in which a young man in Austin performed a parody of Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” for his boyfriend of Valentine’s Day. It was heartwarming. And now, we have an “Ironic” parody that’s downright educational.
Eliza and Rachel Hurwitz dissect Alanis’ use of irony and correct the song’s scenarios so that they’re actually ironic. Pretty funny. And yet, allow me to quote my own feelings about irony sticklers who rag on this song:
“Ironic” IS ironic! I’ve stated this before, but in the song “Ironic,” Alanis Morissette isn’t declaring that “rain on your wedding day” and “10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife” are inherently ironic situations. She’s suggesting that our reactions to such situations — when things couldn’t possibly get any worse — are ironic because we find ourselves enchanted rather than devastated. When the plane goes down, the plane-fearing flyer isn’t panicked — he just sighs, “Well, isn’t this nice.” After meeting the man of her dreams’ “beautiful wife,” Alanis giggles. It’s all about the bridge: “Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you when you think everything’s going wrong and everything blows up in your face… Life has a funny way of helping you out.” THAT IS IRONY. YOU FEAR DISASTERS THE MOST, BUT LIFE MAKES YOU ENJOY THEM. DICTIONARY DEFINITION IRONY.
Sorry, I have a little rage. I should go to India for a spiritual awakening, then release a music video where I’m naked in a supermarket.