The internet has exposed us to many strange and indeed horrifying things in its however many years of existence. If a medieval peasant ever saw 2 Girls 1 Cup, their brain would probably explode. When it comes to the screen-addled people of today, however, our minds are primed for all sorts of bizarre, overstimulating content. Hell, we basically need it to exist at this point.
By this measure, the unholy union of a former reality talent show contestant and a comedy actress who both had their heyday more than a decade ago should seem like any normal weekday. Add in a cover of Britney Spears’s Toxic, and the inexplicable setting of an underground parking lot? Even more conventional. Nonetheless, the people of TikTok were baffled to see Jedward and Tara Reid link up for this brief but affecting performance. Maybe there are some ways that we can still be surprised when we are online.