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Yesterday, I kicked off Weird Al Week, where everyday I will bring you all one of "Weird Al" Yankovic's music videos from his new album, Mandatory Fun
(which is out today). Yesterday's music video covered the hipster trash anthem "Tacky;" a parody of Pharrell's smash-hit "Happy." Today we have an equally hilarious music video that couldn't be more different in message and style.
Today, Yankovic released the video for "Word Crimes;" a parody of Robin Thicke's controversial hit "Blurred Lines." While many inferior parody artists targeted the very chauvinistic, sexist message of Thicke's song and video, Weird Al took it in a different direction and tackled a problem just as common - grammar, or the misuse of it.
The song is Yankovic lamenting society's disregard for the laws of the English language, and how, through rapidly shrinking methods of communication such as texts and Twitter, our language is slowly starting to suffer. Yankovic offers quite the language lesson here, covering everything from conjugation to punctuation to correct spelling. The music video is a complete shift from the star-studded, cameo-filled video for "Tacky," as it is in the form of a creative lyric video, with shots taking place everywhere that grammar is mangled and, yes, word crimes committed - Twitter, Reddit, school essays and emails.
It is one of those songs that some will get a real kick out of, while others just won't fine it funny. I personally find it hilarious, and the critical acclaim that this song has received so far (helped by the early release of the song over the weekend), make me believe this is one of Yankovic's next big hits. Most importantly, however, this song should be mandatory for everyone to listen to...like seriously. It's for the good of the earth.
You can view the video below:
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