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Weird Al Parodies Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”

In: Donovan, Music

Initially, Lady Gaga gave Weird Al Yankovic’s parody on “Born This Way” two thumbs down and refused to give him permission to include it on his next album. Even though Weird Al’s creative liberties is protected legally by fair-use statues, he always seeks the approval from the artists before going public with his parodies. When Gaga’s team saw the lyrics and heard the finished song, they refused to give their seal of approval. I wonder what specifically they found so offensive, it rubbed them the wrong way.

No longer allowed to use “Perform This Way” as the first single off his upcoming album, he decided to release his version for free on his website. He also wrote a blog post explaining the circumstances surrounding his track to his fans. Maybe it was Weird Al’s public outing of Gaga’s lack of a sense of humor or pissing off Al’s over two million Twitter followers, but Gaga’s team eventually changed their minds and gave him the go-ahead to include it on his next album. Check out the single below and try to figure out what initially ruffled Gaga’s feathers.

listen to Perform This Way after the jump

Portrait Of A Princess: A Disney Parody

In: Patrick, Random Reads, Videos

There have been some great Disney parodies done in the past year by The Second City Network that I’ve written about, but this one is a full on musical number and quite the production! Starring West End star Julie Atherton, the song and video “pay homage to the traditional fairytale, but with a contemporary and decidedly adult twist,” and is billed as “a fantasmagorical work of fictional fabulosity.”

The story follows a modern day Snow White reading (and singing) the truth about fairy tale princesses and how after “Once Upon A Time,” it all “sucks” from there. “I never get obese, I talk to ducks and geese,” as some of the lyrics go…and when she finally finds her prince, it’s not all its cracked out to be. Turns out the Prince puts the “fairy” in fairy tale and is into men himself.

If you really enjoy the song, you can download it here. But first, check out the video!

Watch the video after the jump…

The Key Of Awesome Presents “Born This Way”

In: Music, Tyrell, Videos

I was thrilled when I found out that parody video makes The Key of Awesome had used their amazing talents to recreate Lady Gaga’s “epic” video for Born This Way. I hope you’ll be in the same state of laughter I was after watching this video. They nailed everything.

We start with the crazy intro from Mother Brainfart explaining the state of the current planet Fabulust. After the long intro (which includes the “Bitchy Dancers”) she states, “now watch this unrelated video”. So true in comparison to the real deal.As the song progresses the lyrics capture some pretty relevant Gaga topics like ripping off Madonna to the point where she accidentally begins to sing Express Yourself. But, my favorite lyrics have to be the following”

Don’t be a rainbow, be a flag. Don’t drink the tea, just lick the bag…

Check out the hilarious parody after the jump.

Foursquare For Sex

In: Patrick, Random Reads, Videos

If you know anything about Foursquare, or are ever exposed to people obsessively “checking in” everywhere, you’ll appreciate this. I just recently got into Foursquare, mostly because I have a Tyrell is much worse. Let’s just say he even checked into the “Sea To Sky Highway” on the way back home from Whistler this weekend.

In case you don’t know, with the GPS integrated Foursquare App, you can get badges for checking into certain places, for the frequency of checking in, among other rewards. The person who checks into a certain place the most becomes the mayor of that place.

In this CollegeHumor.com parody, a guy has a “F*cksquare App” that he starts using as he’s hooking up with a girl. Without giving away anymore than that, watch it for yourself below.

Watch the video after the jump…

Anyone who’s ever had to deal with a roommate can relate to Leighton Meester’s plight. With the assistance of CollegeHumor.com, Leighton filmed a hilarious PSA spoof, delivering a special message for roommates everywhere. “Don’t Touch My Sh*t“!!! The timing couldn’t be any more perfect, given the fact her film, “The Roommate” opens in theaters this weekend.

I’d be curious to know if Leighton’s alter ego, Blair Waldorf, is as territorial when it comes to her stuff. Did Serena or Georgina have to endure post-its with Leighton’s name all over her shizz when they roomed with her. If you want to make watching the video into a drinking game, take a shot whenever she says “Don’t Touch My Sh*t“. You’ll be passed out within 30 seconds. On a side note, she has really pretty penmanship.

watch Leighton Meester’s video after the jump

Gay music video parody master Ryan James Yezak has just released his parody to Britney Spears’ monster hit, “Hold It Against Me“. If you checked out my Top 10 Gay Parodies of 2010, you’d know that his videos were five out of the ten I included in the list – he’s really good at what he does.

Yezak always releases a video announcing what his next parody will be, and he did just that a week ago. Needless to say, I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what he’d come up with for this one. He had informed everyone that a fierce dancer by the name of Donna Hood, who had made appearances in a couple of his previous videos, would be starring as Britney in the video.

Although it’s well made and he tries some things he hasn’t before, it’s not my favorite. I feel like he definitely has moved away from his usual gay music video parodies in this one and instead just made his own interpretation of what he would make the music video look like if he was directing Spears’ video. I mean, I don’t blame him for wanting to make himself more marketable as a director by not focusing only on gay videos…but I just didn’t enjoy it as much. There’s a world of difference between this one and the entertainment value of his parody for Katy Perry’s “Peacock“, for example. See for yourself.

Watch the video after the jump and tell me what YOU think…

AOL Kids Act Out Five 2011 Oscar Nominated Films

In: Donovan, Movies, Videos

What is it about watching adorable toddlers reenact popular (albeit inappropriate sometimes) television shows and movies that make them so awwww shucks cute? In the past year, this internet trend has blown up and I hope it never goes out of style. Whether its the kids from Babelgum parodying “The Hills” or “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” or the plenty others mimicking the obnoxious cast of MTV’s runaway hit “The Jersey Shore“, they’re all so entertaining.

To coincide with this year’s Oscar nominations, AOL created parodies of five of the nominated best picture flicks for their “Kids Act Out” series. These insanely cute kids do their best spewing out dialogue in the short clips. Whether or not you’ve seen the films, you’ll enjoy each parody. The stuttering kid playing King George VI in “The King’s Speech” is adorable as is the reenactment from “The Black Swan“. See how the kids fared in the aforementioned flicks along with “The Fighter“, “the social network” and “127 Hours“. Happy watching.

Watch the video after the jump…

Disney’s Princess Ke$ha

In: Patrick, Random Reads, Videos

This is actually pretty awesome. Ke$ha & Funny or Die bring you this awesome interpretation of Ke$ha as a Disney Princess – cartoon characters, sing-a-long music, and fairy godmother. As you can expect, she’s not your typical Disney Princess.

“An exclusive, sneak peak at the newest Disney movie; Disney’s Princess Ke$ha. Watch as Princess Ke$ha gets a little help getting ready for her day as she sings a beautiful original new song from the movie soundtrack.”

For a Funny or Die video, I’m surprised by the song made just for the video…I actually like it and wouldn’t be shocked to find the lyrics tweaked to become a single. It’s catchy (like the rest of her tunes). Check out the video below.

Video after the jump…

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