Cheese, bees and intestines? Weird Al Yankovic pokes fun at Lady Gaga in 'Perform This Way' video
After a bit of drama, Yankovic premiered the video for his parody, “Perform This Way,” on Monday morning.
Pop & Hiss previously reported that Gaga seemed to have denied permission to satirize her anthem, according to a lengthy post on Yankovic's blog. It turned out that her manager was responsible for nixing the song without sending it to Gaga first. Yankovic later wrote that Gaga's manager had apologized -- and that Mama Monster loved the cover.
Hopefully, she loves the video as well, as he certainly didn't go easy on the punches.
In the clip, Yankovic's head is digitally placed on the body of a female who sports Gaga's tattoos and matches her dance ability. He struts his stuff in an array of outlandish costumes, including a unicorn headdress, Swiss cheese, police tape, his small intestines and bees (hive included) in a send-up of her over-the-top outfits -- double points for the Madonna jab.
Despite the minor dustup, Yankovic didn't actually need Gaga's permission, but offered it as a courtesy, as his parodies have always fallen under "fair use" in matters of copyright law.
He said he planned on donating sales from the video and song to the Human Rights Campaign.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Screenshot from "Perform This Way."