Dramatic readings aren’t the ideal means of attracting the attention of millennials, although for some reason the art of the spoken word in a satirical comedic form has undergone a renaissance in the past few years. We’ve seen fresh faced NBA rookies deliver their own interpretation of Drake‘s discography, and we have also watched in awe as Christopher Walken provided his best Lady Gaga impression with a heartfelt rendition of Poker Face.
Justin Bieber has now been given the dramatic reading treatment courtesy of Vanity Fair, with a slew of celebrity faces joining forces to recite the lyrics to the 2015 smash, Sorry. Nick Jonas, Judd Apatow, John Legend, Ellen Page, and Don Cheadle (just to name a few) don their best poker faces to turn a pop song with little lyrical foundation into a poetic verse of the highest order. Mad Men hotshot Jon Hamm shows his age, flaunting his ignorance at the mere existence of the track:
“Is it too late to say that I’m sorry that I don’t know the song ‘I’m Sorry’ by Justin Bieber?”
Yes Jon Hamm, it is too late to say sorry, because for many, this is the song that converted us to the holy religion of Belieberist, a following where fans from all walks of life gather to voice their surprise and appreciation for this well dressed and unfairly good looking specimen; “Hey, this kid can really sing! Maybe he’s not such a douche after all!”
This isn’t the first time that Justin Bieber has been treated to a dramatic reading reinterpretation however, with none other than Liam Neeson delivering a gritty reimagining of the early Biebz classic, Boyfriend.
All that’s missing now is a dramatic reading of Where Are U Now. One can only hope.
Image courtesy of Rolling Stone.