Another weekend has come and gone, so we ask the same question we have to ask every Monday in 2018: What did people get Big Mad Online™ about this time? Survey says . . . Shania Twain? Yes, Shania Twain, the 1999 Entertainer of the Year and the singer/co-writer of the 1997 hit song “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” I guess we’ll delve into how the kerfuffle started. Let’s go, girls…
An interview with Twain in The Guardian made the rounds on Sunday. In it, the Canadian musician says she would have voted for Donald Trump in 2016 if she were American. “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” she said, shortly before her phone exploded from Twitter notifications, we assume.
“I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context. I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President. I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician. My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.”
That’s a roundabout way of saying, “Please stop tweeting at me for saying I’d vote for someone whose moral beliefs I don’t share.” Does saying you’d vote for someone you don’t have common beliefs with make sense? No. Does yelling at someone on Twitter solve anything? Also no. So let’s just make jokes instead. Cool?
Of course, the immediate response on Twitter involved too many people making the exact same joke:
But not all of the jokes — and resigned comments of “Well, this sucks.” — making the rounds on Twitter were as predictable. We’ve collected some of the most impressive ones below. (Not as impressive as a rocket scientist or Brad Pitt, but we can’t all have such exacting standards, Shania.)