Confession time: Weird Al Yankovic is one of those comedians I've never quite "gotten." He was good for a giggle, and I think just about everyone fell in love with "Amish Paradise", but for whatever reason he just never quite clicked with me.
Well, he has been all over Facebook lately with not one but three music videos: "Foil", "Tacky", and "Word Crimes", which are parodies of "Royals" by Lorde, "Happy" by Pharrell, and "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, respectively. There is a point of inundation where one simply gives in, so I watched the different videos and good god the man is brilliant!
"Foil" is probably the silliest of the three, transitioning smoothly-if-weirdly from food preservation to Illuminati conspiracy. Ok, sure we'll go with that.
Next was the star-studded "Tacky". You know your music video is off to a good start when it's got solid commedians Aisha Tyler, Eric Stonestreet, Margaret Cho, Kristin Schaal, and Jack Black all making appearances in the loudest tie-dyed shirts and pants you've ever seen.
Last but not least, "Word Crimes" is a thing of wonder for linguophiles such as myself. The spot-on skewering of the rather..."lackadaisical" state of affairs of the average person's mangling of the English language, particularly online, is simply brilliant. Plus, major bonus points for retooling a super-rapey song into something of actual cultural value.
You're not allowed to read down this far unless you've watched all the above videos. Come on, it'll take less than half the time as watching an episode of True Blood and will be far more satisfying, even without naked werewolf butt.