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[Video] ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic parodies Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’

Weird Al Yankovic parodies Lady Gaga

Every few years, "Weird Al" Yankovic steps out of the shadows of obscurity to release an album of musical parodies. Sure, the last 10 or so years have seen the satirist slow down his releases (his last album, "Straight Outta Lynwood" was released in 2006), but a new album is soon on the horizon.

Yankovic will parody Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" on his next release. After a bit of back-and-forth over whether or not she had given him permission to release the track, word from Yankovic is that he's finally been given permission and "Perform This Way" will be featured on the upcoming release.

Yankovic took to his blog today to offer further explanation:

After hearing the song, I was reluctant to tackle it. Because it was such an earnest human rights anthem, I thought some people might consider a parody to be in poor taste. Plus, I was really kinda predisposed not to do a Lady Gaga parody anyway because, well, that’s what everybody in the universe was already assuming I would do, and I hate to be so predictable.

Memorable lyrics from the parody include:

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Video for Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ debuts online

Lady Gaga released the video for her latest single “Born This Way” this morning on music video website VEVO.

The single is the first from her upcoming album of the same name. The single has been called "the next great gay anthem."

From the VEVO blog:

“As are most of planet earth, we are very excited to see what Queen Gaga has in store for this next video. As we saw in her Grammy opener, theatrics and high performance activity are still in. Actually, it looked as if Gaga spent her entire hiatus stepping up her dance abilities (did you see her body!?), focusing more on moves one might see at Merce Cunningham or perhaps a Bill T. Jones production instead of atop the GRAMMY stage.”

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Did Lady Gaga put the gay back in ‘Tar-gay’?

In an interview with Billboard magazine, Lady Gaga says an exclusive edition release of "Born This Way" with Target was made only with the promise the retailer would donate to and align itself with pro-LGBT causes.

Target made a $150,000 donation to a political action committee that supported GOP candidate Tom Emmer, who opposes gay marriage, when he ran for governor of Minnesota last year. Emmer lost.

But Lady Gaga's decision to release the exclusive edition of "Born This Way" — who some have deemed the next "gay anthem" —raised the eyebrows of many of her more social justice activist Little Monsters.

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Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’: Impress or ‘Express’?

Cover of Lady Gaga's upcoming singleWell, today was the day. Lady Gaga released the title track from her forthcoming album “Born This Way,” but sorry y'all, it's a snooze.

I've been joking with my friends since the singer's “Paparazzi” was released to radio. We wondered how she could possibly top the song's irresistible melody and wacky-but-artful video. Then she gave us “Bad Romance,” and every time the first “oohs” hit the speaker, we fell out waiting for our favorite part. And then that video.

Unfortunately, “Born This Way” is a step back.

Lady Gaga has trademarked post-Madonna originality. Britney Spears (whose “Don't Hold it Against Me” video is due for release next week) was a pleasant filler, but Gaga is the only artist who's gotten the world talking about music, sex and fashion the way Madonna did.

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Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ considered our next gay anthem?

Cover of Lady Gaga's upcoming singleIt seems like for almost every gay in the universe, Friday, Feb. 11 is supposed to be a Dorothy-in-Oz kind of day. You know, when you wake up everything is in black and white, then a tornado picks up your house and drops you off in a technicolor k-hole?

Except this time, the tornado is Lady Gaga's single “Born This Way.” Here are the lyrics.

The gay-affirming singer-songwriter hasn't been shy to hype the title track of her next release, due out this May. Here are some of the things she and those who've heard the track have said about the track and album to follow: