Weird Al Is Too Weird to Play the Super Bowl
One drunk man has started a petition to have parody artist Weird Al play the Super Bowl next year that has gained over 95,000 signatures on Change.org, and though it’s doubtful the NFL will allow an act that bizarre to grace the bombastic and sanitized and almost always boring stage at the biggest sporting event in the U.S., the support to get Weird Al to play the event shows some are tiring of the halftime show’s predictable formula and would like to see something weird for a change.
“For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor. Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event. The songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany, as well as other surprise appearances from well-known actors/actresses, adding more prestige and star power. The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show,” the Wisconsin man Ed Ball says in the petition, later clarifying that the grammatical errors were caused due to drunkenness when he was writing it.
Weird Al Yankovic has had a forty-year career parodying popular artists through clever lyrics and a versatile band. His most recent album, Mandatory Fun, sees Yankovic parodying Robin Thicke (“Word Crimes”), Iggy Azalea (“Handy”), and Pharrell (“Tacky”) and hit number one on the Billboard charts when it was released last month. Weird Al’s technique of releasing a funny music video a day for eight days to promote the record certainly helped, and Mandatory Fun was the first comedy album to top the charts since 1963, according to Billboard.
Even with the success on the charts and the long career, Weird Al is a bit of a long shot for the prestigious gig. The NFL tends to choose either huge pop stars (Beyonce, Madonna) or old rock and roll acts (Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones) and doesn’t stray much outside that formula. Weird Al might be popular, but he’s a little too weird to appeal to the widest possible swath of middle America that the Super Bowl Halftime Show is looking to entertain. Most of Weird Al’s music also requires a certain pop culture knowledge to understand the music he’s parodying, which may not be something the NFL will want to ask from its viewers.
Ball is pleading with voters that if they do not act and vote for Weird Al, controversial pop starlet Miley Cyrus could end up being chosen as the performer for the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show. “And do you want Miley Cyrus?!? Because this is how you will end up with Miley Cyrus!!!” Ball said in an update to the poll.
Ball suggested in his follow-up to the petition that some of the artists Yankovic parodies and famous comedians could even join him onstage, granting the extra star power that the Halftime show likes to bring. If Yankovic actually agreed to play the show, and got some big names to sign on with him, then he might stand a chance at the NFL agreeing to it, but fans of the funny accordion player probably shouldn’t get their hopes up too much. We all might just have to deal with another popular pop star who will appeal to the widest demographic possible rather than a more subversive, weird, and unattractive musician like Weird Al.
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