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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song is a parody of the hit Lady Gaga song, "Born This Way." It's the usual brand of Weird Al humor, silly without being too crude or insulting. The track reinforces the original's theme: being who you are despite what others might think. It's best for older kids and up, only because he talks about wearing "intestines" and that the press can "bite me."
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What's the story?
Notorious parody-performer Weird Al Yankovic makes quite a splash with the single, "PERFORM THIS WAY," a funny, lighthearted send-up of the Lady Gaga song "Born This Way." The video features a digital image of Weird Al as Gaga, wearing an array of ridiculous outfits, from small intestines and prime rib, to bubbles, cheese, and well...nothing at all.
Is it any good?
From his album, Apocalypse, Weird Al's "Perform This Way" is yet another funny spoof of a larger-than-life musician. Yankovic has parodied big names like Michael Jackson, Nirvana, and Madonna, so it's no wonder he jumped on the Mother Monster machine. The song is sarcastic but funny, and simply embraces the power of Gaga and the fantastic, albeit mind-boggling at times, performer that she is. The lyrics and video are clever and sometimes laugh-out-loud ridiculous; who knows, maybe they will inspire tweens to create their own parodies!
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the career that Weird Al has made out of "spoofing" celebrities and their songs. Do you think his humor is funny? Do you think his parodies help or hurt the musicians he imitates?
Although meant to be funny and sarcastic, this song still promotes the idea that you should be who you are no matter what. Can you think of other examples in music, movies, or TV that reinforce this concept as well?
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