Parody of The Week
Written by Editor on 08/06/2020
Life Is Serious
-but still, we all need to laugh sometimes!
Parody has been a part of contemporary culture for centuries. Whether in literature, theater, film or art, rarely does a day go by when an example of a parody is not widely visible. In contemporary society, a parody is a satirical redux of art. It imitates another work of art to make light -or to make fun of it in some way. Many people see it as a form of ridicule, while others revere it as the highest form of flattery.
Plain and Simple Comedy
The first usage of the word parody in English cited in the Oxford English Dictionary, is Ben Jonson; in Every Man in His Humour in 1598:
A Parodie, a parodie! To make it absurder than it was.
Parody is important because it allows us to criticize and question without being aggressive or malicious. Parody can in a way be said to refer to updating something for your own purposes and the times, which is more likely to be affectionate — a bit silly and self-mocking.
Parody are to bee seen as humor, but of course, there is nothing funny about COVID-19. The disease has killed tens of thousands of people around the world, not to mention the impact it has had on the lives of the global population and economy. And, while laughter is certainly not the best medicine, it is the only one we’ve got right now.
On YouTube, which is currently blanketed with links to COVID-19 information from the Public Health Agencies around the world, there are a few clever song parodies, including some that aim to spread important tips while bringing a smile to people in this challenging time. To bring some smiles on everyones faces, we have picket out one of the many, and turned it into “Parody of The Week”.