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Hypocrite of the year award goes to Eminem for preventing Weird Al from parodying "Lose Yourself" as a video. Eminem has parodied other celebs. in his videos.

   Full story is at MSNBC. Article was posted on May 10 by ChuckyG

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ChuckyG - May 10, 2003 - Report this comment
Eminem came to fame for his song making fun of various celebrities, but doesn't want anyone making fun of him. What a wuss. I can't understand how this wimp has remained popular this long.
Junior - May 10, 2003 - Report this comment
In a way I can understand - I mean, had the parody been of "Without Me" or "The Real Slim Shady" or maybe even others, he probably would've allowed it. On the other hand, however, I don't think it would've changed anyone's perception of the song. As I remember someone saying on a Weird Al messageboard I visit, you're not seeing this on "Behind The Music": "...but (Insert Name Here)'s career took a huge fall when Weird Al parodied the song and video for their big hit, (Insert Song Here)."
ChuckyG - May 10, 2003 - Report this comment
um.. whose career took a big hit when Weird Al parodied their song? Coolio is about the only example I can think of... Michael Jackson's certainly didn't suffer, nor did the Red Hot Chili Peppers, or most of the groups he's done. I hope radio picks it up and plays the heck out of it.. but radio ceased to be cool about a decade ago, so I doubt that will happen..
Jonathan C. - May 10, 2003 - Report this comment
I don't think Coolio was keen on Weird Al mocking his "Gangsta's Paradise". That's probably Eminem's reason for not wanting his 'career' trashed by a mock video. He probably cringed when "The Real Greg Brady" was on the MTV Music Awards. What an Osama!
Junior - May 10, 2003 - Report this comment
ChuckyG, that's exactly what I was saying, no one's suffered because of Weird Al. I said you HAVEN'T seen this on "BTM" or any program like it...
andre1127 - May 10, 2003 - Report this comment
I don't blame Em. Wierd Al is such a f'ing dork. I wouldnt want him making fun of my music either.
Ghetto John - May 10, 2003 - Report this comment
Hark! Has someone insulted the allmighty al?
ededdneddy - May 10, 2003 - Report this comment
Enimem isn't even a mere shadow of Weird Al's genius, nor does he have the clean lifestyle Al has fortunately been able to obtain (he actually makes for a decent role model for children methinks to have turned down a million dollar deal regarding beer commercials).
pickle - May 11, 2003 - Report this comment
'The Real Slim Shady' has also been parodied by British comedian Frank Skinner, but I haven't seen Eminem get on his high horse about that one.
WEIRD ALLIE - May 11, 2003 - Report this comment
I think Weird Al should do video anyway and forget about Em who scared of looking stupid like he already is.
Daria Fan - May 11, 2003 - Report this comment
I once saw a parody of "The Real Slim Shady" on a Daria message board. Wish I saved it, 'cause it was pretty funny.
moonwalker - May 11, 2003 - Report this comment
well I dun like eminem but I can see why he wouldn't want W.A.Y. making a song parody for it. (even though it'd be pretty funny) I agree with ChuckyG
moonwalker - May 11, 2003 - Report this comment
to weird allie- I think the reason why he didn't make about frank skinner, is (1) because half the people of the world don't know who frank skinner is, and his parody wouldn't (and isn't) getting over here to be listened to by anybody anytime soon. (2) because the people (US) who listen to Eminem probably aren't going to be listening to some british guy make fun of their favorite star
Junior - May 11, 2003 - Report this comment
I believe Eminem's concern is more with the video than the parody. Otherwise he would have requested that Al not do the song either. So, Frank Skinner's parody (as just as much as any other Eminem parodies on the site) would not be a problem at all.
Jonathan C. - May 11, 2003 - Report this comment
To moonwalker, that was pickle that made the Frank Skinner reference, not Weird Allie. And I agree that Eminem or his fans would never listen to Skinner nor buy his albums.
The Punster - May 11, 2003 - Report this comment
Don't forget, Wierd Al dosen't have to ask Eminem for premision to parody a song. A 1994 Supreame court rulling states that Parodys are are original works and can be produced without the original writer's consent. Besides, Wierd Al is the Parody master. As for Eminem, well, he has everbody else to worry about.
The Punster - May 11, 2003 - Report this comment
Okay, so I misspelled Weird. Sorry Al.
N'Binks - May 12, 2003 - Report this comment
I was just about to bring that up, Punster. I think Weird Al should do the video anyways, just to rub that ruling in Eminem's face. Again, remeber that Al didn't ask Coolio if he could parody Gangster Paradise--- and that turned out to be one of his greatest videos!
ChuckyG - May 12, 2003 - Report this comment
Sorry Junior, I guess I read your comment too quickly.. Eminem is such a poser. I just had to heavily promote the new Weird Al album on the website in response. I hope everyone buys it! (Plus I get a miniscule kickback from Amazon if you buy it through this website)..
melissa - May 12, 2003 - Report this comment
i think eminem is cool and who cares if he didnt want him to do his video! people need to chill out!
The Punster - May 13, 2003 - Report this comment
The Coolio thing, N'Blinks, was a whole misunderstanding. Weird Al thought that Coolio had grantend him premision to do the parody, but insted Coolio didn't allow it. But he was too late. I think Al might do this diferently, because he wants to maintain relations with Eminem. Not saying that he hand any to begin with.
Weird Allie - May 13, 2003 - Report this comment
I don't think that this is anything like the coolio misunderstanding back in 1996, because Eminem is ok with the parody and not the video. Coolio denied being ok with the parody or the video. I heard some of weird al' s song already and it sounds better then Eminem.
weird allie - May 13, 2003 - Report this comment
I don't think that this is anything like the coolio misunderstanding back in 1996, because Eminem is ok with the parody and not the video. Coolio denied being ok with the parody or the video. I heard some of weird al' s song already and it sounds better then Eminem.
weird allie - May 13, 2003 - Report this comment
I don't think that this is anything like the coolio misunderstanding back in 1996, because Eminem is ok with the parody and not the video. Coolio denied being ok with the parody or the video. I heard some of weird al' s song already and it sounds better then Eminem.
The punster - May 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Eminem already has too many people on his enemy list. One more won't hurt him. Personaly, I would like to see Al portray Eminem.
DaRuckus - May 13, 2003 - Report this comment
No no no I don't think so. For once I would like to see nerd boy write his own song for once, (and cut that damn hair while he's at it). He has butchered other people's music long enough. In fact I believe he should just shut up all together. "Lose yourself" is a serious song and should not be trivialized by some loser who doesnt have the talent to write his own music. How would you like it if you busted your butt for years trying to make it to the top and when you finally got there some dork mocked you?
The Punster - May 13, 2003 - Report this comment
On the contray, DaRuckus. Weird Al Has writtena slew of originals. Such as the Truck Driving Song, UHF, Dare to be Stupid, Mr Frump in the iron lung, My baby's in love with Eddie Vedder, The night santa went crazy, and one of his greatest originals, Albaquerque. And on future note, please don't reffer to the Almighty Al as "some dork".
ChuckyG - May 14, 2003 - Report this comment
Eminem busted his but, and made his fortune with lines about celebrities in his songs, trading on their name recognition to boost his own popularity. God forbid anyone use his "serious" work. Eminem is nearing the end of his 15 minutes of fame. Don't be shocked when it comes.
Lanie - May 14, 2003 - Report this comment
Anyone knows you haven't hit the big time until Al parodies one of your songs!! Perhaps Em is afraid Al's version will be better.....
Weird Allie - May 14, 2003 - Report this comment
Weird Al might be a nerd but at least he graduated from High School while Em dident. And Weird Al does write his own songs, but the parodys always have his own verison of the lyrics. Besides that Eminem does write his own music. Weird Al's version is better cause I've heard it, but that's just my opion. Sorry about message repeating.
Weird allie - May 14, 2003 - Report this comment
I meant Em doesnt write his own music. I mean dident he use Didos (or whatever her name is)music, in one of his songs.
AmishJD - May 15, 2003 - Report this comment
Eminem is nearing his 15 minutes of fame? He has 4 hit albums and a hit movie over a 4 year period and counting. Hellooooo, Thats way past 15 minutes of fame!!! Where do people come up with such nonsense. Eminem haters crack me up. If Weird Al chose to parody any song on Eminem's first three albums, Eminem probably wouldn't care about him doing a video for that parody. Eminem let Weird Al do the "couch potato" parody at least. I love both of Weird Al and Eminem's music.
bohman27 - May 15, 2003 - Report this comment
eminem has no sense of humor when it comes to other people making light of him, its that simple. one specific night comes to mind, the MTV movie awards where Triumph the Insult Comic Dog attempted on live television to have some fun with eminem. eminem promptly had his 2 huge bodyguards intercept Triumph and eminem ruined the comedy bit on live tv. eminem needs to get a grip on his ears, bend over, and pull his head out of his .....
Jeff Reuben - May 15, 2003 - Report this comment
I disagree with Eminem's stance, and I don't particularly like him (I think he's a jerk), but he does have talent. It's unfortunate he didn't let the video go through, if anything, it would have given him more exposure.
EMLF - May 15, 2003 - Report this comment
I don't care a s--t 'bout Em, just do his parody, pleeeaasse!
Jimmy J. - May 16, 2003 - Report this comment
I think that Eminem probably didn't allow the parody of the song because "Lose Yourself" is one of the songs that he worked carefully on and won an award for. However, his more sarcastic songs "Without Me," "My Name Is," and "The Real Slim Shady" etc. wouldn't change people's views on the song. "Cleanin' Out My Closet" and "Lose Yourself" are more serious songs, and Weird Al definitely knows that. I think that Weird Al wanted to parody a song with a more serious theme to portray what a big jerk he thinks he is. Another think, since when does Slim Shady give a f---?
weird alie - May 16, 2003 - Report this comment
Eminem did allow weird al to a parody on his cd just not a music VIDEO, because Eminem was afraid that it might destroy his image of a tough guy, and a serious artist.
Nick J(Ghosteller) - May 17, 2003 - Report this comment
Everybody go on and vote Eminem for annoying,Weird Al Yankovic is on the least annoying list right now!! VOTE!!!
Freeman - May 18, 2003 - Report this comment
il be blunt about this one EMINEM IS A GIRL he sits there and cries like a little girl like hes the only one that had a rough even though it wasnt THAT rough I mean come on now at least he had a house to live in. whenever hes not crying hes trying to sound tough by makinbg fun of other people but when ONE person makes fun of him he turns on the tears and starts bitching P.S. weird al kicks ass
Rainbird - May 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Eminem is yet another in a long line of "celebrities" that take themselves WAY too seriously. These people are entertainers, alright -- I laugh every single time I see some posturing fool like that. The mere fact that Al doesnt take himself that seriously merits more respect than all the gangsta wannabe attention grabbing antics Mr Mathers has done. Hypocritic whiners like Mathers make me sick -- Its alright for him to make light of others and profit, but God Forbid anyone do it to him. He should be honored, Al usually only makes fun of the best.
weird allie - May 18, 2003 - Report this comment
I have a lot of respect to weird al for not taking himself so seriously like Eminem who is a hypocrite. Anyone who can make fun of people like him and gets away with deserves respect. P.S. WEIRD AL RULES
MQI (?) - May 19, 2003 - Report this comment
Someone tell Eminem to come to this website, lol.
Syncronos - May 19, 2003 - Report this comment
Eminem is afraid that Weird Al will do a better job than he would. Remember, his whole edge is those absurd lyrics that really piss people off. He wouldn't be so popular with the kids if their parents didn't like him. But if Slim Shady all of a sudden became mainstream, he'd lose his edge. Consider: it's OUR generation that loves Weird Al. He hit it big in the 80s and 90s with 'Like a Surgeon' and 'Fat.' If all of a sudden Eminem's songs are appealling to the older crowd, the younger crowd will lose interest. "You mean Slim Shady doesn't piss off my parents anymore? He's so lame!" So of course Em's not gonna let Weird Al do his songs. he's not ready to become the next has been (see Cool Moe Dee, MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, etc). It's all about the Benjamins, baby.
Rainbird - May 19, 2003 - Report this comment
Yessir, Senor Syncro ;) could not agree more... I think Al has more talent in his little finger than many of today's "artists". Anyone who can put together words like he can and make intelligent social commentary (Like a surgeon, for example, or the Jerry Springer song) or just plain have fun (Night Santa Went Crazy, or most any of his songs) is a certified genius in my book. Takes far more talent and imagination to create a work of art, and keep it clean, inoffensive, and enjoyable to all doing so, than anything Em or most any other rapper out there does. Only other "rapper" close to Al's level is Will Smith -- there's another bundle of talent there, and *gasp* he can rap without references to violence, cursing, or just in general being offensive hisself! Go Figure! Not that I have a problem with cursing or violence, when necessary, but some of these fellahs DO go overboard to grab attention...
weird allie - May 19, 2003 - Report this comment
I agree that a person who writes songs that are funny and keeps it free of curing and other offensive stuff has a lot more going for them then a person who cant come up with something but just cursing. I hope Weird Al keeps up his clean music and doesn't go toward the other stuff.
Rainbird - May 19, 2003 - Report this comment
Allie, I dont think we have to worry... Al's been pretty consistent for the past 15 years... don't think we have to worry there! Long Live Al!!!
My name is Kenny - May 19, 2003 - Report this comment
I disagree with everything in this thread, not the least of which the idea that Will Smith has any talent as a rapper.
My name is Kenny - May 19, 2003 - Report this comment
Weird Al has NOT been consistent over the past 15 years.
My name is Kenny - May 19, 2003 - Report this comment
Eminem is not worried that Weird Al will make him mainstream; he's worried that 8-Mile did that.
My name is Kenny - May 19, 2003 - Report this comment
And as a matter of fact, I think this whole thing is blown out of proportion. Eminem allows the parody to be made, even though he obviously doesn't like the idea of a song he clearly put his heart into being made fun of, and he also allows the use of another song for one of the polka medleys. But the song is too special for him, or he's a little too self-important, to let the video go through, so he doesn't give Al permission. Al doesn't need permission; he can make the video if he wants. But the point is that he wants to make sure he doesn't hurt anyone's artistic pride; that's why he asked in the first place. End result, the video doesn't get made, and the world is denied what could have been comedy gold. The world moves on; he'll make some other ones for the album. I've heard the parody, it was pretty good, not gut-busting, but better than "The Saga Begins."
Syncronos - May 20, 2003 - Report this comment
Yes yes, Kenny...we all know what your name is. Are you saying that to remind yourself? :) Here's an analogy for you: Eminem is to mainstream as Pat Robertson is to homosexual dating. They just don't mix. Admit it. Will Smith may not be as talented as you say (a point that is highly debateable), and Weird Al may be just plain weird (well, he IS, we all know that, but that's what makes him cool), but let's face facts. In the end, it's all about the money. Why is Smith still making records if he's not talented? Because he's got something that the others don't have: an edge. Whether it's clean, non-violent lyrics, or a solid acting career, whatever he's got, it's working, and it's BEEN working for nearly more than 15 years (Parents Just Don't Understand was an 80's hit). Comparably, Weird Al will never go out of style, because there is ALWAYS someone to make fun of. This site is proof of that. So far, the only edge I've seen from Eminem is that he's just angry. Not 'my mom won't let me go to the party' angry, I'm talking 'my wife is cheating on me, my mom is a b*tch, let's go do some drugs and kill someone' angry. No one has come close to the level of anger in his songs. Yes, he can rap, and he might even be able to act, but face it: would Mr. Mathers be nearly as popular if he rapped about being broken-hearted instead of "I do know one thing though/B*tches they come, they go" (Superman).That's his edge: angry lyrics. Now, if Weird Al makes FUN of that edge, he loses something. Comedy is comedy. But comedy mixed with an angry white guy in the rap industry will have one of two results, Insane Clown Posse (now THOSE are some funny, crazy white boys), or Vanilla Ice (self-explanatory). Either of which robs Marshall of his coveted edge...thus ending his reign. And then, if OUR generation, the people who actually remember rap before the whole East Coast/West Coast rivalry, takes an actual liking to Eminem, forget it. He's a lame horse then; might as well shoot him. Compare him with Ice-T. You remember him, don't you? 'Cop Killer?' That broke so wide, Charlton Heston and Presedential candidates all across the country were gunning for him. Because of that, he was the 90's version of Eminem: he wasn't going to shoot the cops, no more than Marshall is going to rape his mother. But the fact that he made money 'saying' that he would just pissed EVERYONE off. Fast forward 10 years. What's Ice-T doing? He's got a role on Law and Order. He does videos advocating the 'Pimp' game and such. He does things for MTV and VH1. He's kept his edge. he might not be rapping anymore, but he's surely getting PAID. Does Eminem have such an edge? No one knows- LEAST of all Eminem. THAT is why he won't let Weird Al take his edge away. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress...
Billy Florio - May 20, 2003 - Report this comment
At least someone agrees with me that "The Saga begins" sucked.....
Syncronos - May 20, 2003 - Report this comment
Oh're just mad because he came up with the idea first. :)
Rainbird - May 20, 2003 - Report this comment
Hey, wasnt saga begins the "american pie" version of SW one? I thought it was cool -- whole movie summed up in 5 minutes :). And just FYI, yes Al HAS been consistent for 15 years, as far as clean lyrics at least. Talent and humor are debatable depending on mindset, of course :)
Syncronos - May 20, 2003 - Report this comment
Mindset!? We don't need no stinking mindset! Where do you think this is? Mensa? No, this is AMIRIGHT baby! Before the freaks come out at night, they post new parodies HERE!! (Ad-lib maniacal laughter)
Rainbird - May 20, 2003 - Report this comment
I thot ya HAD to be a freak to be an Allian? hehe... wear the label with pride, brothers... BTW, checked out some of your stuff here, Sync... you have a good bit of talent for this as well :) good work!
weird allie - May 21, 2003 - Report this comment
I hope Weird Al does stay the way he is, your right rain bird he has been consistent for a long time. And I agree that Weird Al will never go out of style. I also agree that Eminem is afriad of weird al taking some of his imgine away. I think that Saga Begins wasn't his best work, he could have done better then star wars.
Haku - May 26, 2003 - Report this comment
You know,Emewhateverthef**khisnameis is being a little sissy! I mean,Nirvana said,"You know you've made it big when Weird Al does a parody of one of your songs." I mean,"Oh,look at me,I'm an angry wannabe-black rapper who has enough anger to fill up Antartica! Buy my albums!" Poser!
lisa - May 27, 2003 - Report this comment
i think that everyone who says that eminem is a cry baby is just mad because weird al isn't doing one of your songs. all you people need to get a life and stop trying to say how eminem feels. most of you people on here have been like "eminem won't do it cause of this or of that" but you don't know for sure why eminem ain't gonna let him do it. and by the way eminem is not trying to be black he's just saying whats on his mind and in his heart. white people can be rappers to, it's not just for black poeple. besides i don't see any one on here talking about other rappers that are angry. if thats the way he releaces anger then let him do it. better for him to do it on record than on someone.
Jeff Reuben - May 27, 2003 - Report this comment
He can rap, I don't question his talent at rapping. He's getting crap because he said "no" to Al. Other angry rappers didn't turn Al down, that's why they're not being mentioned.
weird allie - May 27, 2003 - Report this comment
Will if eminem isnt a cry baby then why is he rapping and complaining about his life that was suppose to be so bad. He should do like other people and get counseling instead of complaining about his problems, when there's other people in this world who dont complain but just live with there problems. We know or will know about how Eminem feels when he puts it in his songs. Weird Al is not complaining about it and we are not ethier we are not complaining we are voiceing are opioin like you just did. So it looks like eminem is the one who needs to a life.
Dan - May 28, 2003 - Report this comment
I had no knowledge whatsoever of 'Weird Al' until 5 days ago, when I downloaded a song called 'rice rice baby' from Kazaa in the mistaken belief that it might be amusing. It wasn't. It was dire. So I don't particularly care whether or not he rips it out Eminem or not - they are both insignificant.
Jeff Reuben - May 28, 2003 - Report this comment
Rice Rice Baby? Pretty sure that wasn't Al
Billy Florio - May 28, 2003 - Report this comment
It's not...its one of those ripoffs.....I forget who did it, it is a semi-known one
Yankovic - May 29, 2003 - Report this comment
Billy Florio is right. "Rice Rice Baby" is buy some no-name parodist, NOT WIERD AL!
Yankovic - May 29, 2003 - Report this comment
Dan, Wierd Al is not insignificant. He's sure a heck of a lot more important than that Eminem punk! All he does is cuss and whine about how f***ed up his life is. He deserves it. Only idiots go to a concert to see a wigger on a stage complaining about everything that ever happened to him. WHO CARES? Nobody gives a crap about his childhood, except the poor unfortunate souls who waste their life listening to him! Wierd Al has a PHD. Not in music, but hey! That just proves his talent all the more if he can study one thing, be an expert on that, and become an expert in something he hasn't even studied! He's certainly a lot smarter than Eminem! True, he may be a good rapper, but he probably can't even pass an IQ test!
Junior - May 29, 2003 - Report this comment
Rice Rice Baby was not by Al....but by Mark Jonathan Davis....songs that are typically mistaken for Al are here:
weird allie - May 29, 2003 - Report this comment
I don't if you call a degree in architecture a phd, but I don't know. Weird Al graduated from Cal Polly, so he is pretty smart.
Doug Montgomery - May 31, 2003 - Report this comment
I think Eminem has too much chutzpah for his own good. He would do well to read rulings by the U. S. Supreme Court concerning the right to parody others' work..or is he above the Court?
Yankovic - May 31, 2003 - Report this comment
Are you for or against Eminem?
Doug Montgomery - May 31, 2003 - Report this comment
I am neither for nor against Eminem. I'm in my 50s and I would not recognize Eminem's stuff. But I believe my point would hold for any performer who bridles at the idea of his/her material being parodied, to the extent that eminem has done.
weird Allie - May 31, 2003 - Report this comment
Well if you never heard his music then how do know that he parodys anybody? And have you even heard Weird Al's music?
Doug Montgomery - June 01, 2003 - Report this comment
I am taking the word of the Amiright host that Eminem does parodies. And I have heard Weird Al's stuff back to 1979, when I first listened to the Dr. Demento show on radio (I can't find it in southern California anymore). I bought a 45 rpm record of Yankovic's parody "Eat It" in 1984 and I have a lot of Yankovic's stuff recorded off the Dr. D show, and a Dr. Demento video with "I Lost on Jeopardy." Besides, my major in college was law; and I have read the Appellate Court decisions--allowed to stand by the U. S., Supreme Court--sanctioning parodies. And, according to the Capitol Steps, 2 Live Crew went before the Supreme Court about eight years ago in a parody "infringement" case; they too won the right to parody. With that in mind, I believe the style of Eminem's music is not relevant in this regard.
Yankovic - June 01, 2003 - Report this comment
In "Losing Yourself," Eminem does not exactly parody, but he does poke fun at several current celebrities, which is close enough. So if he didn't have to ask, neither should Weird Al. They either both ask, or neither asks. One should not have more rights than the other. After all, they're equally popular, though I can't understand why Eminem is.
weird allie - June 01, 2003 - Report this comment
The reason Weird Al asks for permission is because he wants to have a friendly relationship with the artist he parodys and does want the artist to be mad or have problems. How is Eminem's music not relevant, when he makes fun of other people and himself, but then can't take a Weird Al parody, it seem's his music is relevant when he doesnt ask for permission, and just doesn't care if other people are offended, when he makes fun of them. And yes one shouldent have more right then other, but I think one them has more respect.
Yankovic - June 01, 2003 - Report this comment
The music video would have been one of his greatest ever (I'm sure we've all seen that photo of Weird Al dressed like Eminem!), but now it probably won't come out at all, or if it does, in a LONG time. And all because Weird Al did not want Eminem to get angry. How the f*** did Eminem get more respect than Weird Al? Eminem gets mad at everything. I wish Weird Al hadn't asked him. He probably would be just as mad at Weird Al asking him as he would if he hadn't. Well, at least Weird Al asked at all, unlike that wigger b@$+@rd.
Weird Allie - June 01, 2003 - Report this comment
I agree that the video would have been great. But I don't get why you think that Eminem gets more respect, because Weird Al has been in the music business for more then 20 years when Eminem has been in it for what 3 years.I agree that Weird Al maybe should have done a video anyway but that is his decision to respect Eminem's wishes. Eminem does get mad alot about nothing, which is his problem not Weird Al. I think weird al should stay away for him, for his own good.
Doug Montgomery - June 01, 2003 - Report this comment
I mean "not relevant" in the sense that if Eminem had been a crooner, or a C&W performer, or an opera singer, or a performer of any other kind of music, well, that would have been irrelevant. You may also want to look in a compendium titled "Completely Mad" by Maria Reidelbach (spelling?) and see how the courts sided with Mad Magazine and against the proprietors of the music the magazine parodied. Eminem seems to be the classic dog in the manger.
Weird Allie - June 01, 2003 - Report this comment
I sorry I'm not a legal buff but I get what you mean kind of. But I don't why you think that if he was a performer in any other of genre of music that would be irrelevant how is rap relevant? There are a lot of people who honored by a Weird Al parody. And Weird Al parody any kind of music ( well maybe not opera) and it doesnt matter as long as it's a hit. And parodying someone is I think legal, because weird al has got away with it and has never been in trouble.
jeebus - June 01, 2003 - Report this comment
damn! why can't you guys be happy he allowed Al to parody the song?
Haku - June 01, 2003 - Report this comment
Guys, if poking fun at celebs*coughyankoviccough* is parodying then I don't know what the hell parodying is! We can't be happy that he allowed Al to parody the song? That's because he didn't grant him the frickin' rights he deserved,goddammit!!!
Doug Montgomery - June 02, 2003 - Report this comment
Weird Allie, I mean that parody is sanctioned by U. S. case law, be it classical, R&B, C&W, "elevator music," or rap. So Eminem is not a privileged character and is subject to the rulings of the courts same as everybody else. I side fully with Weird Al Yankovic. :)
Weird Allie - June 02, 2003 - Report this comment
I see ok . I also side with Weird Al. And I am happy with Al doing a parody of the song.
Yankovic - June 02, 2003 - Report this comment
Weird Allie, I was referring to the respect of the thousands of idiots in the country who are unaware that Weird Al is actually a very polite, considerate person in reality, and are only aware of Eminem's rough childhood, which he probably didn't even have at all. Of course, music buffs such as you and me know that Eminem isn't worth the devil's respect, and therefore respect Weird Al. Weird Al certainly is a veteran while Eminem is a cheap little punk who thinks he knows everything about show business. Get my drift?
Yankovic - June 02, 2003 - Report this comment
I agree that we should be glad Eminem let Weird Al do the song at all, but it still would have been better if the video had been issued, too. It's better than the original, as are almost (excuse me, probably) all of them are. Yes, Doug, Weird Al is in the right by all legal standards.
Weird Allie - June 02, 2003 - Report this comment
Yankovic, I do think that a lot of people really are unaware how nice he is. I think that Weird al knows a lot more then Eminem about the music business. I also think that Eminem makes stuff just to get more attention. Eminem just needs to be ignored so he will go away.
Yankovic - June 03, 2003 - Report this comment
I agree. Eminem just needs to shut up. The music world ain't big enough for the both of them! WEIRD AL FOREVER!
Michael Pacholek - June 03, 2003 - Report this comment
The music world isn't big enough for Marshall Bruce Mathers III all by himself. Eminem taking on Weird Al is a fight he can't win, even if he borrows some thug friends of 69 Cent. (That's 50 when he tours Canada, at today's exchange rate.)
Weird Allie - June 03, 2003 - Report this comment
Yeah will there goes Eminem to jail and his thugs. And I think Weird Al is smart enough to not take on Eminem in the first place. But I dont think Eminem is smart enough to stay out of jail and put his daughter in a foster home.
Smelly Spice - June 06, 2003 - Report this comment
I haven't listened to either of their music much but I think it's pretty considerate of Al to respect Eminem's decision.
Charlie - July 05, 2003 - Report this comment
It's a damn shame when someone becomes so full of himself and jealous because he's not the most famous funny one that he has to hurt The Weird One with this subtle,petty bulls--t. All of the work that Al had done for the video that could have been,scrapped because of Little Lord "Flaunt"leroy and his egotistical snit. Eminem should be called,"F'n-nem".
kammy - November 14, 2003 - Report this comment
i haven't heard the parody al did for eminem, but i wish people would just respect celebrities for their talents. obviously they have some, otherwise they wouldn't be celebrities. unless the person has done something directly to you, what reason do you have to hate them? if you don't like their music, switch it off - listen to something else. i'm a big fan of both weird al and eminem and i think they're both amusing. i also wish that people would recognise that eminem or slim shady is a stage persona, a mask to hide behind, a character that the man marshall mathers plays. weird al is also a stage persona, belonging to the man alfred yankovic. these people do not behave in the manner displayed in their performances 24/7. they are real people, with real lives, and just that much talent for the world to pour stupid comments all over. there's no need to get carried away and start yelling, screaming and swearing, when all these people have done is broadcast their talents, for their audience to enjoy. if you don't like it, don't expose yourself to it. it's like people annoying you in the schoolyard. as soon as you stop paying attention to it; the annoyance disappears, and you can live your life minus a lot of stress wrinkles and aggravation in your general mood. i also agree that will smith is a good rapper, even though i prefer him as an actor. and i'm sure that jada prefers him as a person, because that's what he is when he goes home; a person. many other rappers/artists mentioned earlier are also good in my opinion, such as coolio, mc hammer... these people may not be "popular" nowadays, but even if one of their songs appeals, that's enough for me. if you're going to hate someone, hate them for a reason, like if they threaten you directly, or declare war on your country. having a stage persona that gets on your nerves when you see them is not a valid reason to declare someone a nerd or claim their ego is too big. while i don't agree with charlie's opinion, i did have to laugh at "lil lord flauntleroy". you all have some talent, if you channel it properly, you too could become famous ... and get these comments thrown at you.
Tink_mi - June 22, 2004 - Report this comment
The only reason eminem said no to the parody is because the statement behind that song is to great to be made fun of...thats the reason coolio said no to....weird al should never spoof a song when it has a good message thats just wrong on his part...its also very rude!!!
RoxyPIntuck - June 27, 2005 - Report this comment
I love weird al yankovic and eminem both so they need to get along and stop all the drama
We need more AL - November 30, 2005 - Report this comment
first does it count on his new songs or the ones that everyone heard of because who cares if some one made of that song what is the Red Hot Chili Pepper song he made fun of
WE do need more AL - August 09, 2006 - Report this comment
I like Eminem and Weird Al but still Weird Al need to make fun of Eminems new music it be funny! and Roxyplntuck they aint fighting its what they do they make fun of ppls music PEACE!

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