“Weird Al” Yankovic’s Parody – Word Crimes

Weird-Al-Yankovic-Eat-It200pxI’ve been a fan of “Weird Al” Yankovic since I first heard “I Love Rocky Road”, his parody song of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in 1982 and, like many other fans, really, really loved his “Eat It” parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” in 1984, especially the video that seemed to be in constant play on MTV back when that channel actually played music videos.

But I have to say, this new video “Word Crimes”, which is a parody of Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit single “Blurred Lines” is my favorite of all. Yankovic hits so many of the pet peeves that crop up every day when dealing with people who perpetrate these kinds of “Word Crimes” on the rest of the world.

Speaking of a word crime, Yankovic has publicly apologized for his ignorance in using the word “spastic” in the lyrics, not realizing that  the term has been used as a derogatory reference to those with cerebral palsy.


About The Word Of Jeff

I'm a freelance writer and blogger who has written for, among others, Tribune Media Services, Suite101 and Athena Guides. As an intrepid traveler I have chronicled some of my travels at The Verbal Vagabond, my travel blog. And, being an avid amateur photographer, I also have a photography blog spotlighting photos I have taken of areas around my hometown at Postcards From Maggie Valley. Speaking of Maggie Valley, that is where my wife, our Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix, Bella, our Orange Tabby, Tigger and I live in a log cabin on a mountain in Western North Carolina, just at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I enjoy hiking, camping, art, travel, photography (as mentioned above), and an occasional glass of good wine while reading or writing in front of the fireplace.
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