Well, the rest is up to corporate synergy. A petition calling for “Weird Al” Yankovic to perform at the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show has reached 50,000 signatures, which had been listed as its goal (the new goal is 75,000). Yesterday, we wrote about why Yankovic should get a chance to play the Super Bowl, and what a dance in the end zone that would be for the changes rippling through pop culture. As for the petition, which had only around 4,000 signatures Wednesday morning, we now have an explanation for its occasionally odd syntax: The man who submitted it, Ed Ball, said in a comment on the page he “drunkingly [sic] submitted” the petition days earlier at a bar. Cheers, sir.
When the petition hit 20,000 signatures, Ball said he hoped to hear from the Mandatory Fun singer and clarified that he doesn’t endorse “excessive drink and/or drunk posting.” He wrote that “while I enjoy imbibing on occasion, I would get the same gratification seeing ‘Weird Al’ perform at the Super Bowl even if I was sober.” He claimed the petition “is already being addressed” within Yankovic’s team and perhaps within the NFL, too. To all other Super Bowl halftime hopefuls, there’s nothing else to add, except: “Eat It.”