weird al lady gaga getty Weird Al's 'Born This Way' parody   did Lady Gaga say no?There seems to be a bit of miscommunication happening between the Weird Al Yankovic and Lady Gaga camps as to the parody Weird Al recorded of “Born This Way” titled “I Perform This Way.”

Weird Al writes on his blog, “I wrote and recorded what I thought was going to be the first single off
of my new album: a parody of “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga called
“Perform This Way.” But after hearing it, Lady Gaga decided not to give
me permission to release the song, so… it won’t be coming out
commercially anytime in the near future. Sorry.”

He also writes, “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.”

Based on Gaga’s work for LGBT rights, you’d think she’d have to be in favor of that gesture, so it’s weird that she’d say no.  But TMZ is reporting that Gaga hasn’t said no at all yet – they have a source close to the singer who says, “There must have been a misunderstanding because [Gaga] is in no way trying to block the release of the parody. She’s busy touring and hasn’t heard the song yet. Her
manager hasn’t had a chance to play it for her yet. She’s a
huge Weird Al fan.”

You can hear the parody for yourself below. It’s interesting that Weird Al is even wanting to get Lady Gaga’s permission – parodies are protected under Fair Use, so he doesn’t need the permission of the artists whose songs he parodies.

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