Weird Al Yankovic has lately been transformed from slightly embarrassing relic of the wacky ’80s to chart-topping musical superstar. I don’t know how this happened, but I’m assuming alien brainwashing is somehow involved.
Fans of Weird Al want to cap Yankovic’s unlikely renaissance with a crowning achievement that would place him with Prince, The Who, The Rolling Stones and U2 atop pop music Olympus. They want Weird Al to play half time at the Super Bowl.
Oh yes, there’s a petition. It reads:
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.
Oh my God, yes. Weird Al’s watered-down semi-clever sub-SNL humor headlining the Super Bowl half time show? And bring other celebs on-stage to clown with him. Who wouldn’t want to see Weird Al dancing alongside Robin Thicke while singing a parody version of one of Robin Thicke’s hideous songs? And playing the accordion?
My only regret is that I can’t sign the petition five thousand times. This has to happen. So I have a better reason than usual to skip the half time show.