Saturday, July 13, 2024

Lady Gaga Doesn’t Want ‘Weird Al’ Parody


Lady Gaga needs to get a thicker skin. She doesn’t want Weird Al Yankovic to do a parody of her Madonna like song, “Born this Way.” Check our video player below. You can hear Weird Al do his “Perform This Way”–it’s a hoot, just like most Weird Al send ups. But on Weird Al’s blog–via The Drudge Report–Yankovic tells the story of what’s going on. The short story is this: the former Stephani Germanotta will not allow Weird Al to use his version of “Born this Way” on his new album. According to him, when he requested permission, she responded by saying she had to hear it and approve it. Imagine–if Michael Jackson had done this, we’d never have heard the classic “Eat It.” Al writes: “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. But 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.”

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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