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What Will Scarlett Johansson Do Next?

January 29, 2009

Alright, this is clearly becoming the trend of the week for me. Between Lil’ Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, and Joaquin Phoenix (unless he’s just playing a sick joke on all of us), I’ve overloaded on actors wanting to rap, rappers wanting to sing rock n’ roll, and back to actors wanting to sing. Or “still” wanting to sing, in this case. Case in point, Scarlett Johansson. First, it was Tom Waits covers, and now she’s tackling Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye” for her new film, He’s Just Not That Into You (which I do plan on seeing, sue me!). As expected, there are countless profoundly hateful comments on the internet about the cover, as if Scarlett deficated on people’s breakfast burritos and urinated in their coffee. I’ve read comment after comment of people whining and bitching like the cover is so terrible that it erases the original from existence. To say nothing of the fact that, having listened to it a few times myself, I honestly don’t think it’s all that bad. Honestly, had it been presented to listeners without knowledge of who was singing, I doubt the responses would be so venomous. If anything, they’d probably assume it was Norah Jones, or some other sappy piano songstress that isn’t Alicia Keys. 

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