Picture this: The year is 2003. Britney and Justin have just broken up; JK Rowling has released Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix; and Outkast’s "Hey Ya" is killing the charts.
But that was 2003. Also known as literally 12 years ago.
Looks like Australia didn't get the memo. Or in this case they probably didn't get the fax because 2003 jokes, ya know?
Conceptualised by Australian art director, Calvin Teoh, the marvel that is the "STRAYA" parody takes the best bits from 2003's "Hey Ya" and makes it apply to Australia.
The video features Kylie Minogue, Ayers Rock, Koalas, rugby, and vegemite.
What's even stranger is that when you search the "straya" tag on Twitter, you really get a sense of the type of things that go on in Australia.
The first thing I did when I got home was eat a vegemite sandwich #straya— Luke's Vans (Jeremy) (@LukesVanzs) January 5, 2015
Had a T-bone for lunch. On it's own, with nothing else. #straya— MC (@mrmikechristian) January 14, 2015
the kookaburras won't FUCKIG shut up I kNOW ITS GONNA RAIN YOU DONT HAVE TO LAUGH— CHELSEA (@scaresides) January 14, 2015
Australians are really loving the parody, so if anything good comes out of this whole thing it's that in 20 years Aussies could be singing a national anthem set to the tune of "Hey Ya".
And, of course, once you get over the fact that this parody is LATE AS HELL, it's actually kind of genius.