Weird Al Fans Petition NFL For A Yankovic Super Bowl Halftime Show
There are multiple campaigns circulating online demanding that "Weird Al" Yankovic be chosen as the headliner for this year's Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show.
This comes after Weird Al's new album, Mandatory Fun, was his first album to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. The album is currently sitting at No. 3, and includes parodies of Pharrell Williams's "Happy," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy." It had the largest sales week for a comedy album since The Beavis & Butt-Head Experience in 1994. It also reportedly was the first time a comedy album reached No. 1 since 1963. Mandatory Fun is available on vinyl now.
For his part, Weird Al said that he would absolutely accept an invitation to perform at the Super Bowl if offered the chance. Though flattered by the suggestion, doesn't seem to think a Super Bowl Halftime performance is in the cards for him. According to TMZ, Weird Al said, "I'd be surprised if that's being seriously considered by the NFL, but prove me wrong!"
Admittedly, there is only a very small chance that Weird Al will be chosen for the NFL's Halftime Show. The network is known for making "safe" bets when it comes to the performances, especially after controversial stunts like M.I.A.'s obscene gesture during Madonna's 2012 performance and Janet Jackson's infamous nipple slip in 2004.
Though the chances are slim, there is a Facebook page dedicated to the idea and a Change.org petition entitled "Have Weird Al Yankovic headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show" has been signed by almost 5,000 people. It suggests that as part of the show Weird Al could perform with the musicians he is parodying, which would be epic to say the least.
Watch the video for one of weird Al's popular new songs, "Word Crimes," off the new album Mandatory Fun below.