Alanis Morissette's My Humps parody
You may have already seen Alanis Morissette's version of the Black Eyed Peas' My Humps, but just in case you haven't:
Now, since I mostly only listen to Radio 4 and watch CBeebies, I hadn't actually heard the original. Well, I'd heard the line "My humps, my humps, my lovely lady lumps," as sung by a friend's 3-year-old daughter (she also introduced me to "take a chance, you stupid 'ho") but I wasn't familiar with the actual song. So, of course, after seeing Alanis's version, I checked it out:
What struck me immediately was that it was surely a parody too - I mean, it had to be - and so I couldn't work out what Alanis was doing. But then I read the comments. Apart from the discussion of who has the best "lumps" - Alanis or Fergie - many of the comments on the Alanis video seemed to take the BEP song and vid seriously and couldn't understand what Alanis was getting at, while the comments on the BEP video seemed to get that they were both parodies. For me, this comment (on the BEP version) nailed it: "When I heard [the Black Eyed Peas song] originally, I assumed it was a parody. Essentially, the humps song turned out playing straight to the Hip Hop and wannabe crowd. Alanis simply played the parody back up where it belonged, in my mind... a parody."
So the Black Eyed Peas parodied hip hop culture, but many people didn't get the joke until Alanis Morissette parodied the Black Eyed Peas? What a confusing world we live in.