Weird Al Yankovic - "Word Crimes"

National treasure “Weird Al” Yankovic, in a clear effort to dominate this week’s 5 Best Videos Of The Week countdown, is in the midst of releasing eight new videos in eight days, all to promote his new album Mandatory Fun. Things started yesterday, with his amazing and cameo-heavy video for the Pharrell parody “Tacky.” Today, he follows it up with a masterfully assembled lyric video for “Word Crimes,” which transforms Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” into a slightly priggish grammar lesson. Yankovic, you see, is taking a stand against Twitter English. He’s also doing a nice take on Thicke’s smarmy falsetto and credibly delivering his version of T.I.’s verse, as well. The end result is, as you can probably imagine, a lot of fun. Lyric videos don’t generally appear on the 5 Best Videos countdown, but when the anthropomorphic Microsoft paperclip showed up, my stance began to weaken. Watch the video below.

Mandatory Fun is out now on RCA.

Comments (19)
  1. i literally luv this vid

  2. This is literally better than the original.

    I foresee this being shown in English classes across the country.

    • As an English teacher, that was honestly my immediately reaction. Unfortunately, ‘kids these days’ would not understand the humour at all — not enough penis jokes.

      • Forget kids, the entire Internet needed a lesson on the difference between “its” and “it’s”

        The irony is not coincidence line bears repeating. I think millions of people still think Alanis Morissette’s song is the real definition of irony. *sigh*

        • I have colleagues who use that song to teach irony. Now *that’s* irony for you…

          • As a soon-to-be English PhD I find this whole discussion ironic because . . . most of her examples actually do qualify as irony, and I don’t understand why.

            For example:

            An old man turned ninety-eight
            He won the lottery and died the next day
            It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay
            It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late

            These are all perfectly acceptable examples of situational irony.

            And here’s another example of irony: Alanis Morissette was the great ironist David Foster Wallace’s favorite singer. He was apparently borderline obsessed with her.

  3. This vid makes me really happy and really sad. Happy because it’s awesome. Sad because future generations will only be exposed to Weird Al when they get shown this in eighth grade english class, which means my (as yet unborn) children will think he’s super lame.

  4. I love the video, and was completely on-board with Al until he revealed himself to be part of the anti-Oxford-comma crowd, at which point I lost some respect for him.

    • Not a Vampire Weekend fan either? I hear the don’t give a fuck about those.

    • Agreed. I’m a fan of “Off the Deep End,” “Bad Hair Day,” and “Running with Scissors”; however, his stance on the Oxford comma detracts from my enjoyment of his latest release. OWWWOOOOOOOO!

  5. Wow. This tops Tacky…an impossible feat.

  6. I think that Weird Al just gave School House Rock a run for their money.

  7. “You would not use it’s in this case!”

    Fuck it, SOTY.

  8. Word Crimes is the best song of the bunch so far. A real piece of genius right here.

  9. Anthropomorphic Microsoft paperclip? It’s clippy, bitch.

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