With the advent of digital petitioning websites, loads of worthy causes have been championed by the people of this fine nation in recent years. There was the call to build a Death Star (and the hilarious response), or the request for Justin Bieber to be deported (and the unfortunate response). But now Washington resident Ed Ball has started perhaps the most important and promising petition of Change.org’s entire history: get “Weird Al” Yankovic to play the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show.
This seems far-fetched, but actually makes a whole lot of sense. Yankovic’s latest record, Mandatory Fun, is not only his first No. 1 record, but the first comedy record to top the charts in 54 years. With parodies of current, major pop stars like Robin Thicke, Lorde, and Iggy Azalea, plus an original composition actually called “Sports Song”, imagine the stadium-worthy hits he could string together? Or, as Ball himself suggests in the petition description, imagine if he actually invited those very same acts on to the field?
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. The songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany, as well as other surprise appearances from well-known actors/actresses, adding more prestige and star power. 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.
The best sentence structure in the world? Maybe not, but he makes some damn fine points. Plus, anything has to be better than last year’s “Red Hot Chili Peppers Unplugged” fiasco.
For a taste of what “Weird Al”could bring to the big game, check out his Pharrell parody, “Tacky”, below. Then, if you decide this is exactly what pigskin fans really need, head here to sign the petition.