"Perform This Way" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Funny parody of Gaga isn't crude; OK for tweens.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Playful parody about being who you, are no matter what.

Positive role models

Weird Al finds humor in everything, without being insulting.

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Says "bite me" once.


Parody of Lady Gaga song, "Born This Way."


Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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!

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Weird Al Yankovic
Release date:June 25, 2011
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byevolinag October 17, 2014

Funny parody of Lady Gaga's dressing style has some violent references

With "Perform This Way" Weird Al Yankovich pokes fun at Lady Gaga's dressing style in a parody of her popular song 'Born This Way'. Being a successful parodist since the 80s, Yankovich knows how to make silly and satirical pop culture references without being insulting. Unlike other parodists like Bart Baker he is also asking for permission if the celebrities are okay with the spoofs, and guess what - Lady Gaga found it very funny. Yankovich gets so over-the-top with describing the costumes, nobody could ever take it seriously as an attack towards Gaga, when dropping silly lines like "I'll be a troll or evil queen/I'll be a human jelly bean/'Cause everyday is Halloween for me". At one moment a female voice pops out and sings: "Express Yourself!", pointing out the similarity to the Madonna song of that name. At two points Yankovich drops a few violent or gory references. The first one is "I poke your eye out with a dress like this/Back off and enjoy the show!" and the other one is "I wrap my small intestines round my head, and set fire to myself on stage". Both scenes are seen in the music video, the first one not being graphic. Yankovich (imitating Gaga) wears a dress with knife like accesoirs and moves one arm towards a dancer while performing. Said dancer backs away and covers his eye with his hands. During the other line we see the Gaga imposation with her (obviously fake) guts hanging from an open bloody wound and wrapped around her neck like a boa (though obviously made of plastic, this could shock younger viewers) and then gets covered in fire (not too graphic). In one scene Gaga walks out nude on the red carpet but is blurred out, so nothing is seen.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 9 years old July 31, 2014

Amazing, as all his other songs!!!

Great song, but in the music video there is one part that goes with the part that says "I could go out it the nude" but is all fuzzed out!!!
Teen, 16 years old Written byndrwcd November 18, 2012

better than the original song born this way

this song is funny but the video on youtube is really weird and cringing
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism


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