Yesterday morning Weird Al Yankovic’s latest parody, of Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’, hit YouTube with an interesting text intro: “The following song was supposed to be the first single from my upcoming album. Unfortunately, it did not receive Lady Gaga’s approval.”
The song pokes fun at Lady Gaga’s fashion sense, starting out by taking a shot at Gaga’s Grammy get-up, “My mama told me when I was hatched, Act like a superstar.” As the song continues he alludes to Lady Gaga’s dress made of meat, her random usages of French, her little monsters and more.
Yesterday morning, Weird Al posted on his blog, Al’s Blog, “I wrote and recorded what I thought was going to be the first single off my new album: a parody of “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga called “Perform This Way.” But after hearing it, Lady Gaga decided not to give me permission to release the song, so…it won’t be coming out commercially anytime in the near future. Sorry.”
So he put the song up on YouTube, where it has amassed over 725,000 views within twenty-four hours. And he wasn’t afraid to put the guilt trip on. After the song, another text message reads, “Had this been released, all proceeds from sales of the song and video would have gone to the Human Rights Campaign.” Check out the song in the video below and then read on to find out the latest news on the song…Yes, it looks like Lady Gaga has approved it.
Later in the day yesterday a new post went up on Al’s Blog:
“After putting my Lady Gaga parody on YouTube this morning – and announcing that it wouldn’t be on my next album because Gaga didn’t approve it – there was a huge outpouring of disappointment from the Internet.
“Apparently the fact that she didn’t approve it was news to Lady Gaga herself!
“Gaga’s manager has now admitted that he never forwarded y parody to Gaga – she had no idea at all. Even though we assumed that Gaga herself was the one making the decision (because, well, that’s what we were TOLD), he apparently made the decision completely on his own.
“And Gaga loves the song.”
Weird Al also pointed out that, as he wrote in the message at the end of the video, all proceeds from the song will, indeed, go to the Human Rights Campaign. I think it’s interesting that this whole ordeal rooted from the fact that Lady Gaga’s manager spoke for his superstar client, without consulting with her first, and that through YouTube, Twitter and the rest of the social web Lady Gaga was able to clear up the situation. The song is clearly a hit, quickly approaching 1 million views, and hopefully it will make a lot of money for a good cause as well.
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Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.