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- Posted on Apr 20th 2011 5:30PM by Cameron Matthews
"Weird Al" Yankovic may have taken on the likes of Michael Jackson in the past, but it's been a while since the satirist has lampooned an artist as big as Lady Gaga.
Yankovic planned a comedic version of 'Born This Way,' titled 'Perform This Way,' which would poke fun at several of Gaga's signature styles, including her bubble dress. As reported by Exclaim, the pop star refused to allow Weird Al to include the song on his upcoming record, even after he sent lyrics to Gaga's camp.
"OK, I thought, she wants to know exactly what the lyrics are going to be before she signs off on the parody," Yankovic said on his website. "Some artists just are a bit more protective of their material and don't want to take any chances. Fair enough. Because it was such an earnest human rights anthem, I thought some people might consider a parody to be in poor taste."
But the lyrics weren't enough, and Yankovic was asked to record the song before getting approval. "This was mystifying to me. At this point she has the lyrics ... and hopefully she is familiar with her own song ... and the parody is basically her music ... with my lyrics. It really shouldn't be that hard to decide -- based on having the lyrics right in front of you -- whether or not you'd be 'okay' with a parody. But, alas, we'd been given an ultimatum. If she didn't hear it, she wouldn't approve it."
The song was subsequently denied for commercial release, but the funny man has since released the song on YouTube. Do you think Lady Gaga should have denied Weird Al's request?