“Weird Al” Yankovic Drops Michael Jackson Parodies From Tour Set List After Weight Watchers Controversy
By William Miller

You might notice a couple of missing songs this summer from “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Strings Attached Tour.

The Grammy Award-winning humorist has dropped his pair of well-known Michael Jackson parodies — “Eat It” (“Beat It”) and “Fat” (“Bad”) from the set this time out, in the wake of his statue being removed from the Weight Watchers headquarters in Manhattan and the controversy that followed.

“I don’t know if that’s going to be permanent or not,” Yankovic told US Today, “but we just felt that with what’s happened recently with the statue, with Dare To Be Stupid being pulled from the Jenny Craig workout video, with Like A Surgeon being pulled from Grey’s Anatomy, we didn’t want anybody to feel uncomfortable. I feeI that I have enough satirical songs that some may not be offended by that I could get away with it.”

“I’ve gotten a lot of pushback; Fox News expressed their disappointment, which is hilarious in itself, but we decided to err on the side of not offending people.”

It does, however, waive “Weird Al” of the responsibility for putting on the oversized “Fat” suit during shows in the summer heat. “It’s back in mothballs,” Yankovic says, “so it may come back some day. Unless the moths eat it.”

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