“Weird Al” Yankovic Releases “Word Crimes,” a Grammar Nerd Parody of “Blurred Lines”

When “Weird Al” Yankovic is in the zone, he can spin a parody that is better than the original. He took R. Kelly’s preposterous pop soap opera “Trapped in the Closet” and turned it into “Trapped in the Drive Thru,” one of the best portraits of everyday suburban ennui I’ve ever come across. His hilarious tune “White and Nerdy” got twice as much traffic on YouTube than the song he spoofed, “Ridin’” by Chamillionarie. And off of his latest (and possibly last) album, Mandatory Fun, Yankovic takes Robin Thicke’s bizarre but catchy ode to date rapeBlurred Lines” and flips it into “Word Crimes,” a ditty that is bound to delight grammar pedants everywhere. Watch it above.

Jonathan Crow is a Los Angeles-based writer and filmmaker whose work has appeared in Yahoo!, The Hollywood Reporter, and other publications. You can follow him at @jonccrow.



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  1. Matt says . . . | July 15, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    Grammar “pedants,” not “pendants.”

  2. Sarah says . . . | July 15, 2014 / 5:21 pm

    ^Best comment evar.

  3. Slappy says . . . | July 16, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    Love you weird al.

  4. caitlin says . . . | July 18, 2014 / 2:52 am

    YES CHAVA:)

  5. caitlin says . . . | July 18, 2014 / 2:53 am

    KEKKA DOWN

  6. paris says . . . | July 18, 2014 / 2:55 am

    yes caitlin my lass;)

  7. caitlin says . . . | July 18, 2014 / 2:56 am

    PARIS ARE LASS;)

  8. paris says . . . | July 18, 2014 / 2:57 am

    THAT VID IS BARE WEIRD, WUNT DARE WATCH IT #DOPPLEGANGER

  9. caitlin says . . . | July 18, 2014 / 2:58 am

    I UNDERSTAND CHAVVA
    #KEKKADOWN

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