Change.org petition wants Weird Al to headline Super Bowl XLIX
Weird Al Yankovic is something of a conundrum in the music industry. He has been successful for decades by following his own formula, but apparently, he has never been seen to have the star power of Bruno Mars or Madonna — until now, it seems.
Someone started a petition on Change.org for Yankovic to be on the bill of the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show, according to the Wall Street Journal. The show is seen by millions around the world, and "Ed Ball" from Seattle thinks Weird Al should be given a chance.
"For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor," Ball wrote. "Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event."
Ball not only pleaded for Yankovic to be on the show, but he actually showed some reasoning as to why it would make an amazing show and why Weird Al would be a logical choice. He explained, "The songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany, as well as other surprise appearances from well-known actors/actresses, adding more prestige and star power. The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show."
Yankovic is having a good month, with his very first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — due, in part, to his releasing a video a day from the album, for eight days.
"It's my best album to date," Weird Al told Speakeasy last month, regarding the success. "I took advantage of the viral nature of the internet and gave people something to be excited about."
The NFL did not respond to the Wall Street Journal's request for a comment. As of Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 6, the petition has more than 16,000 signatures.