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“Weird Al” Yankovic turns “Blurred Lines” from sexist garbage to incredible grammar lesson

on July 15, 2014, 11:18am

Yesterday, “Weird Al” Yankovic spoofed Pharrell and his big Arby’s hat with the hilariously on-point “Tacky”. Now, he’s turned his attention to another unsuspecting pop victim: Robin Thicke.

On “Word Crimes”, the “Weird” one parodies Thicke’s (in)famous hit “Blurred Lines”. Gone is the sexist skew and cheesiness of the original — instead, Al flips the song into a lesson about grammar. Yes, seriously, he calls people out for their gross misuse of English, singing: “You learn the definition / of nouns and prepositions / Literacy’s your mission / And that’s why I think it’s a good time / To learn some grammar / Did I stammer? / Work on that grammar.”

The accompanying visual for “Word Crimes” reads like a cross between a lyric video and a fancy English tutorial, full of animated periods and exclamation points. I don’t particularly like “Blurred Lines” (and I’m #sorrryImnotsorry about Thicke’s recent mega sales flopPaula), but more than anything else, I AM A GRAMMAR NERD. Thus, “Weird Al” wins, hands down.

“Word Crimes” appears on Yankovic’s upcoming 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, due out July 15th via RCA.

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creativenewsmuses
July 18, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Weird Al responds to some critics of his “Word Crimes” music video. (link goes to COMIC)

http://www.creative-news-muses.com/comic/word-crimes/

Dace
July 17, 2014 at 8:45 am

They aren’t “Unsuspecting victims” Almost all of the people Weird al spoofs help him write the song.

Anonymous
July 16, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Hehe, cunning linguist

daveb
July 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

Loved it. What about an honorary shout-out to the common practice of ending sentences with prepositions? Where’s that at? Something I’m all too fed up with.

Anonymous
July 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm

You were being funny right? ‘With’ is also a preposition.

Eamon Doyle
July 16, 2014 at 3:08 pm

As is at. But contrary to popular belief, it isn’t improper to end a sentence with a preposition.

Eamon Doyle
July 16, 2014 at 3:09 pm

I tried to italicize “at.” Oh well.

Loren Schmidt
July 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Exactly so. Technically, the “with” in “fed up with” is actually a verb particle, not a preposition. That’s why we can say “Jack ran up the hill,” “Jack ran up the bill,” and “Jack ran the bill up” but not “Jack ran the hill up.” When the word really IS a preposition (as in “run up the hill”), you cannot move it to the end of the sentence, but when it is part of a multi-word verb (as in “run up the bill” or “shut up!”), you can.

eriwen
July 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Not ending a sentence with a preposition was a rule at one time that no longer exists. There are many rules that were learned at some point in time, but with the way language evolves the rules (some of them) do change. I learned about not ending a sentence with a preposition, but I teach English to seventh grade students and that rule is not in any current grammar book that I use.

Toni
July 16, 2014 at 8:02 am

That was THE BEST!!!

Anonymous
July 16, 2014 at 7:32 am

Moran says he doesn’t know this guy.

Immoralthang
July 16, 2014 at 1:58 am

The writer says she is a grammar nerd, but spelled sorry sorrry. Also, hashtags are bad journalism. Don’t say you are a grammar nerd when you fuck up the English language’s basic foundations.

Jim Routhier
July 16, 2014 at 8:29 am

Says the person with the name immoral THANG…

Anonymous
July 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

Obviously, this was the point.

Dace
July 17, 2014 at 8:49 am

Every person ever errs sometimes. So a single typo isn’t “Bad Grammar.”

mattspottery
July 16, 2014 at 12:17 am

Weird Al – Plus!!! Anyone who thinks Blurred Lines is sexist – L-hoo-s-herrr!!!

Soytuculo
July 18, 2014 at 7:21 am

Of course it´s not sexist, it is just pure auditive fecal matter. That has nothing to do with genres.

Georgina Dawn Hopwood
July 25, 2014 at 5:33 pm

I love you, Sir, and want to have your babies.

Abe
July 15, 2014 at 11:07 pm

What about all the terrible, sexist, misandrist songs written by dumbasses like pink, Taylor Swift, etc?

Ethan F.
July 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm

You DO realize that… art created in response TO patriarchal sexism… is not, therefore, sexist. You’re still, I presume, a white male in a world where you couldn’t have been born into a position of better opportunity, so… cool your butthurt. I mean… you do realize that you’re “that guy” right now? Commenting on the awful, awful crime of misandry… almost like you’re defending Thicke’s work… which is pretty tasteless.

David Downs
July 17, 2014 at 3:02 am

*you’re butthurt

Georgina Dawn Hopwood
July 25, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Was that a joke? Tell me your pointing out of that ‘mistake’ was not serious…

Dace
July 17, 2014 at 8:51 am

To be fair, sexism shouldn’t be fought with more sexism. Yes people say Katy Perrys’ “Roar” is “Female empowerment.” But she also paints men to all be complete douche bags in the video. Most feminism I see isn’t about women wanting to be equal but about women wanting to be the new men. How can you say your for being treated equally when the thing you say and do just say “In your position, we would be doing the exact same things to you as you are to us.”

Abe
July 17, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Even though your name is ETHAN I’m quite certain from what liberal arts radical feminist always the victim propaganda you just wrote that you without a doubt were born with a vagina. You do realize you’re “that sophomoric self-righteous boob” nobody wants to hang out with after work right?

Zgaze
July 19, 2014 at 3:44 pm

oh yay, another pathetic white male that’s never opened up a history book. Please do yourself a favor and never go on to the internet again. Or at least research what feminism actually is before spouting hate and lies. Or suck one of MRA bro’s dicks and talk about how incest is great and how you just love to beat your wife. Thanks, bye

Derek R
July 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Not the first time that the Weird One’s version has been better than the original.

trustarscreamer
July 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Reblogged this on Starscreamersrants and commented:
OK, this is a sign from the great one above that I need to proof read just a bit more I think.

Anonymous
July 15, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Love it, but shouldn’t the very last lyric be “Try your best not to drool” instead of “Try your best to not drool”? Isn’t that a split infinitive?

Eamon Doyle
July 15, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Split infinitives are valid.

Edward
July 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Split infinitives may be acceptable (as is, according to the AP, “hopefully”), but they still make me sad.

Eamon Doyle
July 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Why?

Loren Schmidt
July 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Clearly, Weird Al takes the same position as the Star Trek captains and George Orwell on split infinitives: break this rule rather than say something “bloody awful.” In other words, move the adverb and split the infinitive if it sounds better (fits the cadence). Now I shall boldly go back to work.

Will
July 31, 2014 at 2:48 pm

He did that on purpose. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJXX3A_6nbo

Anonymous
July 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm

love it. Been listening to werd al for 30 years and he hasent dissapointed yet.

Nikita Skorobogatov
July 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

But you have just disappointed him with your spelling.

Anonymous
July 16, 2014 at 1:24 am

lol :-)

si@si.com
July 15, 2014 at 1:55 pm

So, you lambast Robin Thicke for being “sexist,” notwithstanding the fact that:

(a) “Blurred Lines” is a song about how much Thicke loves women, which probably explains why his marriage is on the rocks; and

(b) anyone with an iota of intelligence does not take the “blurred lines equals rape promotion” accusations remotely seriously, save for internet feminists who would not know Judith Butler if she kicked them squarely in the box,

but you then promote a video that mocks “spastics.”

Oh, internet, you are truly beyond parody.

Anonymous
July 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm

“Blurred Lines” is a dumb song written by a fucktard.

The “Internet” didn’t write this song.

You sound like an insufferable know-it-all.

Bonnie Humphrey
July 16, 2014 at 6:04 am

Thank you, Professor Snape.

Velouria
July 15, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Yep, you’re an insufferable know-it-all. Oh internet commenters, you are truly buttheads.

W
July 16, 2014 at 6:27 pm

I love how obvious it is that you just google searched “feminists” and then Copy/pasted the third name you found

Dace
July 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

You say it isn’t sexist because he loves women? I think I am reading this right. But you realize that a lot of sexist men “Love women” but sexism is a lack of respect for, not lack of adoration of.

Ugly McBalls
July 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

“now.” seems like an easier ending than “July 15th via RCA.”

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