While out at lunch today, I saw a commercial for Hot Pockets, the disgusting microwave pseudo-food that is the punch line of much of Jim Gaffigan's most famous comedy. The commercial was interesting in that it included a comedian who, at the end of the commercial, sings the inane three-tone Hot Pockets jingle in a mocking manner reminiscent of Gaffigan.
I got to thinking that surely somewhere on the Internet someone has coined a term for the phenomenon of co-opting, and thus blunting, a criticism of oneself by affirming that one has been in on the joke all along. William Shatner is an expert, as he owes much of his post-Trek career to the tactic. Is there a hip name for this move? If not, someone invent one.