Weird Al Yankovic has a long history of parodying some of the greats. Madonna, MJ and James Brown just to name a few, but Lady Gaga, or rather her manager, almost put a stop to his version of “Born This Way“.
In a post on his blog, Yankovic revealed that Lady Gaga didn’t want him to release the song.
“As of this posting, I still don’t know specifically what kind of problem she has with the song (obviously I take a few jabs at her, but y’know, it’s satire – that’s how it’s supposed to work). And I’m especially confused as to why she waited until I actually recorded the song (at her insistence!) before saying no. It’s not like there were any surprises in the finished song that she couldn’t have foreseen by, you know, READING THE LYRICS.
A conventional release for the song and video would have also raised a nice chunk of change for the HRC – an organization which I have to assume Gaga supports. Hopefully, if fans enjoy hearing the song online, they’ll make a donation anyway.
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.”
Somebody’s mad! Turns out though, it wasn’t Gaga who disapproved, it was her manger. He said no without actually asking her beforehand. Weird Al released the song on YouTube and apparently Gaga likes it. So he says.
C’mon girl, even Kurt Cobain wasn’t upset over his Nirvana parody.