Change.org petition calls for Yankovic to headline popular sporting event's halftime show.
Weird Al Yankovic’s latest album Mandatory Fun recently became his first to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, and the parody artist’s fans are already eager to hear more. A Change.org petition is calling for Yankovic to be the headlining act at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show.
“Think about the Super Bowls of past years, when you had no vested interest in either team, especially during a game that was a blowout or boring. What did you remember the most? I’m betting it was typically the humorous commercials, or some kick a** halftime performance,” commented Ed Ball, a fan from Seattle who started the petition. “Why not combine the two?”
So far, over 82,000 fans have agreed with Ball’s logic and signed the petition. In an attempt to persuade additional fans, as well as the petition’s intended recipients – NFL Director April Donnelly; NFL Public Relations manager Greg Aiello; and NFL Vice Presidents Tracy Perlman, Peter O’Reilly, and Jaime Weston – Ball went on to state:
“For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor. 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. 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. ”
Representatives for Weird Al and the NFL have yet to respond to the petition.