December 11, 2012

And that’s why you never believe anything you see on the internet, because you’re inevitably going to be let down. As everyone was pointing out last night, including Jezebel, who wrote, in an uncharacteristic bit of blogperbole—”I am not being hyperbolic when I say that Yoko Ono’s performance of Katy Perry’s “Firework” is my favorite thing in the entire world,”—Yoko Ono Yoko Ono’d all over a piano cover of Perry’s hit song about believing in how unique you are and so forth (which: Yoko). Sadly, it wasn’t real. As writes:

Rather, the video was created by layering a recording of Perry’s ballad over a 2010 performance art exhibition Ono gave at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, titled Voice Piece for Soprano & Wish Tree. YouTube user (and clear comedy visionary) Kroiker McGuire saw the funny potential in Ono’s performance and ran with it. In addition to creating Ono’s “cover” of “Firework,” McGuire created video mashups of Ono’s performance and “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Dynamite,” “Bad Romance,” and “Someone Like You” (which may be my personal favorite).

More like YOLO Lennon. Anyway, does it really matter if it’s “real” or not? What is real anyway? Someone should do a performative piece investigating that and just go ahead and let me know where it’s happening so I can make sure I’m on the other side of the city that night.

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