The man who is famous for his musical parodies has taken on one of the biggest names in music: Lady Gaga. Yankovic has redone Gaga's latest hit, "Born This Way," and the video for "Perform This Way" premiered on YouTube on Monday. The song was not without controversy, as Entertainment Weekly reported that Lady Gaga's manager initially told Yankovic that Gaga wasn't in support of the song. But after Yankovic took to the Internet to express his frustration, Gaga's manager admitted that the singer had never seen the video or heard the song.
On his blog, Yankovic wrote of the manager: "Even though we assumed that Gaga herself was the one making the decision (because, well, that’s what we were TOLD), he apparently made the decision completely on his own. He’s sorry." Proceeds from the single will go to the Human Rights Campaign.
The British Royal Marine, who was killed in Afghanistan last year, left £100,000 (about $170,000) to friends to take a vacation to Las Vegas. Hart had taken out a life insurance policy before heading to the war-torn country, and one of the stipulations was that if he died, part of the money was to go toward a trip for his mates. Friend Andy Hare told the British tabloid The Sun that Hart wrote in a letter, "'Go and have a good time and spend all this money.' All the lads said, 'What a guy.' "
The mayor of New Paltz, New York, made headlines in 2004 when he married 24 same-sex couples in a day. He was charged with 19 misdemeanor counts of "solemnizing marriages without a license," but those charges were later dropped. West was voted out of office in 2007, and he returned to painting houses. Elected again this year, West is watching what's happening in Albany as the state Senate prepares to vote on gay marriage rights. West said he feels that he was late to the game of supporting same sex-marriage, but that the 2004 weddings got people in the town moving from "an abstract" to something more concrete. He told New York magazine, "Seeing their own neighbors get married moved people from ambivalence to 'How could I deny that happiness to my neighbors?' "