Alanis Morissette is getting another look. The singer who’s associated with sex acts in a theat-urr and vengeance against Dave Coulier is also a political visionary, at least according to the jukebox musical Jagged Little Pill that’s now running at Harvard’s American Repertory Theater. Diablo Cody’s script uses Morissette’s raging rock to touch upon Women’s March–like protesting, gender fluidity, sexual assault, interracial adoption, the opioid crisis, and porn addiction. If that description makes the play sound like an indigestible slop of would-be wokeness, well, it is. But at least it can claim to be on trend, given that Donald Trump just ratified the political significance of Morissette.
“Isn’t it Ironic?” the president tweeted Thursday morning. “Getting ready to go to the G–7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade (we have the worst trade deals ever made), then off to Singapore to meet with North Korea & the Nuclear Problem … But back home we still have the 13 Angry Democrats pushing the Witch Hunt!”
Whether he’s intentionally referencing Morissette’s “Ironic” with that opening question is, perhaps, a mystery only Robert Mueller can tackle (subpoena those Apple Music logs!). But inadvertently or not, he’s offered a presidential verdict in one of the long-running debates of our era—over the meaning of irony, and over the meaning of “Ironic.”