Gaga Fears The Weird
Weird Al making fun of one of your songs should be a huge compliment.
From Madonna to Michael Jackson, from Coolio to…ok the Coolio one was REALLY funny so I’m just going to mention that one a second time – Al makes fun of the untouchable. That’s what he does. He goes after made men (and monsters.) If he’s looking to have a little fun at your expense, you’ve done something very right.
So why did Lady Gaga say no to Weird Al Yankovic’s parody of her most recent chart topper, “Born This Way”? I’m not going to bother guessing. I’m not going to say it isn’t her right to say no if he asked.
What I am going to say is that the video is really funny.
Come to think of it though, I do find myself wondering what she had against this song getting on the album?
Confidence generally breeds the ability to take some good-natured ribbing at your expense with grace and good humor. I was under the impression that Gaga had nothing to be ashamed of – that she is who she is and nothing will make her forget that. After all, she was born this way, was she not? So why can’t she take a joke at her expense without taking it personally?
I know I know, as soon as I post this there’s going to be a very reasonable explanation (read: excuse) about why she legitimately didn’t want this song on Weird Al’s album.
Still, Lady Gaga is a cultural phenomenon, and Weird Al is, well, the most famous accordion player in America. (Whom I love and think is hilarious – nothing personal Weird Al! Big fan.)
So tell me Mother Monster – if you were really born this way, if you’re confident and have nothing to hide, what makes you so afraid of the likes of Weird Al? What did he say that hit a nerve with you? Is it possible something he said is more true than you care to admit, to yourself or to your monsters?
Perhaps the problem is that deep down you really do fear that you were born the way Weird Al sees you, not the way the monsters do.