News - Weird Al Yankovic's 'Born This Way' Parody Rejected by Lady GaGa

According to a detailed post on Weird Al Yankovic's blog, Lady Gaga denied permission for the longtime parodist to satirize her song "Born This Way."

Entitled "I Perform This Way", Weird Al's take on the hit song was basically to tease Gaga about all of her outlandish stage and red-carpet outfits. He even planned to carry through her humanitarian mission by donating all sales from the video and song to the Human Rights Campaign.

"Based on my concept, I was reasonably sure that my parody wasn't really going to offend anybody... but I still decided, as an act of good karma, that I would donate all the money from sales of the song and music video to the Human Rights Campaign," he said.

Yankovic then called GaGa's management to get her blessing. "We eventually got a response from the GaGa camp: she would need to 'hear it' before she would approve it," he recalled. But after the revised lyrics were sent, they "got the final word: Lady GaGa says 'no'."

Following the rejection, he released the parody online on Wednesday morning, April 20. But later in the afternoon, he updated his blog, writing "After putting my Lady GaGa parody on YouTube this morning - and announcing that it wouldn't be on my next album because GaGa didn't approve it - there was a huge outpouring of disappointment from the Internet."

Yankovic says he still doesn't know what problems the pop star had with his song, though he admits, "obviously I take a few jabs at her, but y'know, it's satire -- that's how it's supposed to work."

Here you may listen to Weird Al Yankovic's parody "Born This Way":