An online petition asking the NFL to allow “Weird Al” Yankovic to headline the halftime show at the Super Bowl received 30,0000 signatures in a day and now has a total of 57,000 signatures as of Thursday thanks to some national attention. The petition, which was the subject of articles in Billboard and USA Today and was also trending on Facebook this week, shot up from a count of 20,000 on Aug. 6. A corresponding Facebook page, created in 2010, has over 6,000 “likes.”
The online petition was created by Ed Ball, who conceived the idea while at a bar. The national attention it has received has caused the number of signatures to skyrocket. According to Change.org, the petition reached 20,000 signatures Aug. 6, then shot up 30,000 the following day to 50,000.
He says he had the unique idea of having the artists Yankovic parodies appear with him and also having some surprise guest stars if the event is to happen. “Just imagine him out there rocking with Jack Black and Melissa McCarthy, while parodying Pharrell & Robin Thicke. Heck, those artists can even join him on stage, start off with their songs before 'Weird Al' kicks in with his versions. I personally think it would be a hit, and would be more talked about than the game itself,” he said. “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.”
Ball says the national attention the petition has gotten has kept him busy. “I am fielding so many emails, phone calls and requests around this petition, and I am trying to respond to everyone in a timely manner.” The big question, of course, is if the NFL will respond. We'll have to wait and see.