Most of you probably remember Fiona Apple, right?
About two decades ago the young jazzy crooner was "yuge." With dusky ditties like "Shadowboxer" in her arsenal, Apple snagged Best New Artist at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. She also made headlines for her acceptance speech, which included the declaration that "this world is bulls**t" and to "go with yourself."
One could argue that Apple was never before or since the subject of such intense public focus as she was in that moment — but that may be changing.
Since the election of Republican Donald Trump to the presidency, Apple marked the occasion by posting a video of herself singing the iconic tune "The Christmas Song" made famous by Nat King Cole. (You know, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...")
Except Apple doesn't sing "chestnuts"; instead she substitutes "Trump's" for "chest." You can figure out the rest of the line — as well as the intent of Apple's parody. She hits the president-elect over numerous sexual assault and racism allegations and decries what the "working man" will have to face once he takes office.
Apple sings beautifully — but the barking dog in the background, her unkempt hair falling around her face and her Sinead O'Connor-like tearing of a Trump photo at the end may preclude it from MTV readiness:
Trump’s nuts roasting on an open fire
as he keeps nipping at his foes
You’ll cry creepy uncle every time he arrives
for he keeps clawing at your clothes
Everybody knows that money and entitlement
can help to make the season white
Mothers of color with their kids out of sight
will find it hard to sleep at night.
They know that Trump is on his way
He’s got black boys in hoodies locked up on his sleigh
and every working man is going to cry
when they learn that (?) don’t care how you live or if you die
So I’m offering this simple phrase
to kids from 1 to 92
Although it’s been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you
In case you're after some variety, an audio-only version on the Consequence of Sound page has Apple ending the song with, "Donald Trump, f*** you." Yeah, we were as surprised as anybody.