Weird Al Yankovic is set to release a new album of his special parodies, but hold the video: Eminem won’t let him make a video for his parody of “Lose Yourself”.
“Eminem gave his approval for me to use ‘Couch Potato’ (my ‘Lose Yourself’ parody) as a track on my new album, but he wouldn’t allow me to do a video for it,” Yankovic tells Billboard.com. “He somehow feels that a Weird Al video would detract from his legacy or make people take him less seriously. I have to respect his decision, but it’s obviously very disappointing for me — it would have been an absolutely amazing video.”
I’m not sure how Eminem legally could stop him from making a video, but just that he would even try to stand in the way earns him a #13 boot in the ass. This jackass goes out cursing Lynne Cheney for supposedly repressing his free speech, yet he’s making more of a censorship move here than anything Ms. Cheney has ever done. Name me one record that Ms. Cheney has actually tried to stop from being made or released.
Ms. Cheney and even the dreaded Tipper Gore have acted out of some idea that they were promoting the public good. I may not be sympathetic to censorship, but they have some reasonable point in being concerned about what kind of smutty stuff that children are inundated with in the popular culture.
Eminem, on the other hand, just doesn’t want to personally be made light of. That is not even a pretense at a worthy goal.
What a hypocrite Mr. Mathers has shown himself to be. He can make scurrilous and probably libelous attacks on, for starters, Britney Spears in song and video. However, he won’t allow even a likely very genteel parody from Weird Al. He can sure dish it out, but he can’t take it.
Marshall Mathers apparently believes in freedom of speech for me, but not for thee.Powered by Sidelines