Lady Gaga Rejects Weird Al Yankovic! Outre Pop Star Vetoes “Born This Way” Parody
Rejected! Is Lady Gaga’s ego getting too big for her meat dress?
You’d think outre artists would stick together thick as thieves, but Weird Al Yankovic is learning that hard way that it’s every platform-heeled singer for herself in the Dog-Eat-Dog World of the Little Monster.
Weird Al Yankovic has built a career out of producing side-splitting parody songs based on radio hits. Since bursting onto the scene in the 1980s, he’s covered everyone from Michael Jackson and Madonna to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Still recording after more than 25 years, Al was all set to give Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” — an international charttopper in more than eight countries — his signature treatment. But getting the all-clear to cover the popular single has proven more difficult than getting Gaga to perform in attire that doesn’t spin, sparkle, or double as a side dish at Sunday dinner.
Apparently, Mother Monster is none too pleased with the idea of having her work lampooned, thank you very much!
“I wrote and recorded what I thought was going to be the first single off of 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.”
After forcing Yankovic to actually record (at his own expense) the completed song before signing off on it (That’s something even Michael Jackson never made him do!), Gagaloo reportedly put the kibosh on “I Perform This Way,” which features lyrics that essentially make fun of the Grammy winner’s outlandish stage costumes.
“Based on my concept, I was reasonably sure that my parody wasn’t really going to offend anybody,” a rather perturbed Yankovic blogged on Wednesday. “But I still decided, as an act of good karma, that I would donate all the money from sales of the song and music video to the Human Rights Campaign. My parodies have always fallen under what the courts call ‘fair use.’ And this one was no different, legally allowing me to record and release it without permission,” the comedian explains.
“It has always been my personal policy to get the consent of the original artist before including my parodies on any album, so of course I will respect Gaga’s wishes. However, given the circumstances, I have no problem with allowing people to hear it online, because I also have a personal policy not to completely waste my stinking time.”
We should mention that Gaga denies rejecting Al’s parody and says she’s actually a fan of the funnyguy’s work. Nonetheless, someone in Gaga’s camp didn’t sign off on the sample clearances and that means Yankovic is now unable to profit from the song or feature it on his album. Drats! So he’s doing the next best thing.
Free downloads for everyone!
“…I uploaded the song to YouTube, and will be making free mp3 downloads available on weirdal.com shortly. Hope you enjoy it.”
Keeping dollars from charity and proving you’ve got no sense of humor — real classy, Gaga!
What do you think of Al’s spoof of “Born This Way?”