Videos like the one for “Who’s Laughing Now,” by the not-quite-launched-here pop irritant Jessie J, are made for slow music-news mornings like this one—the enterprising pundit can question the wisdom of a British pop singer releasing a “fight those people who are tormenting you by breaking shit and turning fire extinguishers on your enemies” during this week of tumult for England; or she can idly wonder about the unspoken class politics of the whole thing, given that the person tasked with cleaning up the raging, bowl-cut-haired student/Jessie stand-in’s messes probably has no direct hand in her schoolday tormenting; or she can sigh at the idea that we’re all pretty much never leaving elementary school, are we, if videos like this where people are still living out their nine-year-old traumas are becoming the norm; or she can note that the song isn’t terrible, per se, but that Jessie’s bleaty voice and overall “whatevah, I-do-what-ahh-WAUUNNTT” attitude are packaged much more effectively by Eric Cartman. And at least he’s, you know, supposed to be funny. Clip below.
Come back, Fred Durst, all is forgiven.
(Those of you who watched the whole way through, tell me: Why is she licking her heel at the end??? A shout-out to the foot fetishists? A contractual agreement that in every one of her videos she has to do something awkwardly sexual because it’s not like her music is going to break her in America? I demand answers!)