Weird Al Yankovic finally earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he doesn’t want to see it destroyed.
Unless, of course, he does something “unfathomably monstrous and evil” to deserve it.
The king of parody took a jab at someone over Donald Trump‘s star on the Walk of Fame during a speech Monday at the National Radio Hall of Fame as he received his honorary star. But, it’s unclear whether he was defending the president or slamming him.
“Please don’t pickaxe my star. I know it’s all the rage these days, but that’s not cool,” Yankovic said, referring to last month’s vandalism of Trump’s star.
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“Unless at some point in the future, I do something unfathomably monstrous and evil in which case, sure, fine, okay, go ahead,” the 58-year-old continued. “But anything short of that, please limit yourself to spitting and urinating, OK? Have some class, people.”
For someone who has made a living mocking celebrities, Yankovic is strangely silent in the realm of politics. Back in a 2017 interview with The Washington Times, the artist explained “I tend to stay away from sensitive issues” and from political topics because he does not want “to divide my fan base if I can help it.”
“The other reason I don’t do a lot of political humor is it dates pretty poorly,” Yankovic told The Washington Times. “Things that are topical in the political arena this week would be old news a month from now, so that’s probably not the kind of thing I want to have as part of my catalog.”
The satirical singer and songwriter has four decades of parodies and music under his belt, selling millions of albums while receiving four Grammy awards along with 11 more nominations. In the U.S. Yankovic has had four gold records and six platinum records with the 2006 album “Straight Outta Lynwood” and the single “White & Nerdy” making it to the Billboard Hot 100 top 10, according to Variety.
And though he has steered clear of direct political commentary, Yankovic did get into a bit of political parody in 2016 with a take on the presidential election debates between then candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
On his Walk of Fame star, Yankovic reacted with his signature tongue-in-cheek humor.
“I kind of feel like this is maybe my one real shot at immortality because I know that now my name is gonna basically be here until the end of civilization, which, let’s face it, is probably like three or four months away,” Yankovic said, according to NBC Los Angeles.
Disc jockey Dr. Demento, whose real name is Barry Hansen and who helped launch Yankovic’s career, was on hand to pay his tribute.
“Al has been doing this a long, long time,” Hansen said, according to Huffington Post. “He’s had a longer and more fruitful career than anyone else ever who’s ever created and performed funny music, and no one’s ever done it better.”
“If more people were weird like him, wouldn’t we have a much better world?”
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