At this point, after having been doing the parody thing for around 30 years, who is really going to get mad at Weird Al Yankovic for parodying them? Especially when you are essentially a parody of yourself the way Lady Gaga is. But apparently after hearing “Perform This Way,” Yankovic’s parody of “Born This Way” (which was Lady Gaga’s parody of “Express Yourself,” right?) Gaga got all offended and said it couldn’t appear on his new record. It’s like “Amish Paradise” all over again!
But then she came around. Because…seriously! It’s Weird Al! And because he put the song up on YouTube for free and said any proceeds from the song would have gone to The Human Rights Campaign and Lady Gaga didn’t want to be a monster (no pun intended) who withheld money from charity. As far as the song goes, it’s pretty meh… But again, it’s Weird Al, so he kind of gets a pass and a nod of the head in appreciation for what he does.