Weird Al Yankovic is having a great year, with his new album Mandatory Fun hitting No. 1 on the Billboard charts and a whole new generation of fans appreciating his brilliant music parodies.
(Or maybe it’s the same generation that grew up with Weird Al, except they have far more disposable income and time to watch his videos on the internet now.)
At least one fan would like to see Weird Al carry that momentum into next year and play the halftime show for the Super Bowl. Ed Hall of Seattle started a petition (admittedly while drunk) on Change.org to try and make this happen, writing that he doesn’t want to see the likes of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez or Iggy Azalea on stage in Glendale, Ariz. next February and decided to take action.
There is something to be said for more family-friendly entertainment for the Super Bowl halftime show. But given the “big event” status that it’s taken on, Weird Al might not be enough of a marquee attraction. (Though I’m sure plenty would disagree with me on that.)
Currently, more than 65,000 people have signed the petition. How many have to sign it for the NFL to take this seriously and acknowledge the fervor for Weird Al? Perhaps we’ll find out.