Forget the Super Bowl commercials. Probably the biggest hit (at least among the literati set) at last night’s championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers was singer-songwriter Roseanne Cash, who channeled the voice of Jane Austen on Twitter under the hashtag meme #JaneAustenAtTheSuperBowl.
From the referees (“The gentleman in the stripes? A known blackguard. I send no compliments to his mother”) and the players (“The manly vigor is indeed impressive, but I don’t have the pleasure of understanding the purpose”) to Super Bowl party food (‘The proscribed repast is an abomination! Could we not conceive of a tea more pleasing and refined” ) and Green Bay Packer cheeseheads (“Some ladies are determined to sport bonnets made of cheese. I must take to my bed”), no aspect of pro football’s biggest game was safe from Roseanne/Jane’s rapier wit.
However, she reserved her most hilariously scathing comments for the halftime show. In a reference to Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction, Roseanne/Jane tweeted, “One hopes the unfortunate incident involving the lady’s corset is not repeated on this occasion.” And on the wretched performance of the Black Eyed Peas, our songstress/ authoress dryly noted, ” Regarding the Legume Chorale, it grieves me to note that the spectacle exceeds the musicality.”
I can’t wait for March Madness!