Move over mainstream rock, pop and hip-hop stars, fans are wanting Weird Al Yankovic for next year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Eonline reported on Wednesday, Aug. 6, a petition posted on Change.org has requested the NFL to have this funny artist headline the intermission extraviganza.
Those who are not familiar with Yankovic, he is a parody song master. He has taken hit songs such as Micheal Jackson’s Beat It and turned it into the parody, Eat It. His more recent songs include Tacky a parody of Pharrell’s Happy.
As of this article, the petition has over 24,000 supporters. The petition is looking for around 800 more. The petition was written by fan and Seattle resident, Ed Ball, reads,”For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor. Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event.” Ball also goes on to detail how the show could be spiced up by having the artists whose songs Yankovic has parodied along with actors and actresses join the fun on stage.
This idea isn’t as farfetched as some may think. Yankovic has been in headlines recently has his latest album, “Mandatory Fun” hit No.1 on Billboard music charts and sold 104,000 copies in its first week. This is the 54-year-old singer’s first No.1 album.
In a recent interview the three-time Grammy winner, Yankovic stated that he was still surprised by the success his album has received. He noted that the internet played a huge part with his “eight videos in eight days” campaign. “It’s my best album to date,” he said in an interview with Speakeasy. “I took advantage of the viral nature of the internet and gave people something to be excited about.”