Fan Petition For Weird Al Yankovic To Perform At Super Bowl Halftime Gets Over 65,000 Signatures
A Change.org petition to have Weird Al Yankovic headline the Super Bowl halftime show has garnered over 65,000 signatures in just a few days.
Fans Petition For Weird Al To Perform At Super Bowl
The petition, started by Ed Ball, sends a simple message to the NFL: “Have Weird Al Yankovic headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show.”
Weird Al’s newest album, Mandatory Fun, was the comedic musician’s first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200, and features parodies of Pharrell’s “Happy” and Lorde’s “Royal,” to name a few. Ball even suggests that the original artists parodied by Weird Al could join him onstage during the big show.
Ball admits he created the petition while drunk after overhearing a group discussing possible Super Bowl halftime show performers at a bar.
“She mentioned Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, Iggy Azalea, that band that sings “Rude,” among many other terrible ideas. So, with this in mind, I went home, created the petition and submitted to the masses on Reddit,” Ball wrote.
Ball makes the case that a Weird Al halftime show might bring in a wider audience, enticing viewers who either have no vested interest in the two teams playing or are sick of the same old pop-star, flashy show.
— Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) August 7, 2014
Weird Al Yankovic has yet to comment on the petition, but when a similar, but less successful, petition was created in 2012, Yakovic told TMZ that he would definitely take the gig if asked, saying, “I'd be surprised if that’s being seriously considered by the NFL, but prove me wrong!”