Teens Oughta Know Who Alanis Morissette Is

I want teens to know, that I’m happy for them. I want nothing but the best for them all. But when they decide to live their lives not knowing who Alanis Morissette is, it’s hard to defend them!

During her her show Monday night in Los Angeles, Taylor Swift drew Alanis Morissette’s name from one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s old hats. And the moment Swift welcomed her to the stage for a duet of “You Oughta Know,” plenty of teens lost their minds. Who is this? Wait, is this Joan Baez again? Who is Joan Baez anyway? What is this song, and why are my parents whispering about someone named Dave Coulier?

Below is a small collection of venting their confusion on Twitter that will either make you feel old, or inspire you to become a middle school teacher who assigns all your students to write an essay on “Jagged Little Pill.”


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That’s because kids smoke the e cigarettes today, Roberto, and thus the lines “I’ve got one hand in my pocket, and the other one’s flicking a cigarette” do not properly resonate with them as they did with angsty 13 year old Mori.

* FUN FACT: Dear god that album came out 20 years ago.