'Weird Al' takes a rare foray into political humor with his hilarious new election song
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If there's anything Americans need right now, it's a good laugh. In these divided times, if there is anyone who can provide one, it's "Weird Al" Yankovic.

The good news is he's back with a video that's a rare foray into American politics. Yankovic has avoided the topic throughout his career, although he did some non-partisan lampooning of the 2016 presidential debates with "Bad Hombres, Nasty Women."

In 2015, he told the Washington Times that he stays away from "sensitive" issues like "political topics. "And I don't want to divide my fan base if I can help it," he said.

"The other reason I don't do a lot of political humor is it dates pretty poorly," Yankovic said. "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."


Yankovic's new song, "We're All Doomed" was created with The Gregory Brothers who are known for their online series in which they "Songify the News." In the video, Yankovic plays debate moderator and sings about the hellscape that is 2020 with interjections from Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Even though the song is about the current political moment, Yankovic couldn't deny himself one of his trademark food jokes. "If the Supreme Court is truly Supreme, where's the guac, ground beef, and sour cream?"

WE'RE ALL DOOMED - Trump vs. Biden ft. "Weird Al" Yankovic www.youtube.com

Lyrics to "We're All Doomed":

Weird Al: 2020's a raging Hellscape!

Any ideas on how to stop a worldwide plague?

Biden: We should be providing people the help they need

He knew back in February it was a deadly disease. What did he do? He's on tape acknowledging he knew

Weird Al: Really?

Biden: He waited and waited and waited. And he didn't even tell you

Trump: President Trump did a phenomenal job. People said that

Weird Al: Well

Trump: We got the gowns. We made the ventilators we got the masks. I don't wear masks like him---every time you see him he's got a mask---the biggest mask I've ever seen. (the biggest mask I've ever seen.)

Weird Al: Will we get back all the jobs we lost?

Or should we set up eleven million Etsy shops?

Biden: My economic plan would create one trillion dollars in economic growth

He has no intention of making it better for you all at home

Trump: I brought back football! It was me! (me!)

Weird Al: What?

Trump: Big 10 Football - and I'm very happy

Weird Al: Who's it gonna be.?

Trump: They wanna take out the cows... (the cows!)

Weird Al: In the West Wing?

Biden: Now here's the deal:

He has no idea what he's talking about

Weird Al: We're living in the Apocalypse!

I'm begging you to put a stop to this!

Pretty please?

Biden: You say he can inject some bleach

Trump: They cheat!

Weird Al: If the Supreme Court

Is truly Supreme

Where's the guac, ground beef, and sour cream?

Biden: The American people have a right to say

Who is the Supreme Court nominee

Trump: Her biggest endorsers are from Notre Dame

We have a phenomenal nominee

Weird Al: I ran out of questions

But still got a while

It's time to drop some bars

Let's see how you freestyle!

Trump: In Europe they live there

Forest cities!

They're called forest cities

It's a forest city

Biden: You know

He talks about the art of the deal

China's perfected the art of the steal

Trump: Bad things happen in Philadelphia

Bad things

Biden: He's just afraid

Trump: Proud Boys: Stand back and stand by

Biden: He's said there are very fine people on both sides

He said maybe you should drop a nuclear weapon on hurricanes

Trump: The cars have computers all over the place

Weird Al: Who is it gonna be?

Trump: They want to take out the cows, the cows!

Weird Al: in the West Wing?

Biden: Now here's the deal

He has no idea what he's talking about

Weird Al: We're living in the Apocalypse

I'm begging you to put a stop to this!

Pretty please?

Biden: Keep yapping, man

Trump: The People understand

Biden: He doesn't have a plan

Weird Al: Exploding trees, COVID-19

Hurricanes with names past the letter Z

Conspiracy theories about vaccines

Murder Hornets coming from across the sea

Too many memes about World War III

Can't tell what's Hell or reality

Earthquakes ruining my whole week

'Cause I dropped my keys in the crack between the cup holder and my car seat!

Who is it gonna be?

Trump: They want to take out the cows, the cows!

Weird Al: in the West Wing?

Biden: Now here's the deal

He has no idea what he's talking about

Weird Al: We're living in the Apocalypse!

I'm begging you to put a stop to this!

Pretty please?

Biden: You say---he can inject some bleach?

Trump: They cheat!

Weird Al: Who is it gonna be?

Biden: That was really a productive segment, wasn't it?

Keep yapping, man

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Anne Hebert, a marketing writer living in Austin, TX, jokes that her closest friends think that her hobby is "low-key harassment for social good". She authors a website devoted entirely to People Doing Good Things. She's hosted a yearly canned food drive with up to 150 people stopping by to donate, resulting in hundreds of pounds of donations to take to the food bank for the past decade.

"I try to share info in a positive way that gives people hope and makes them aware of solutions or things they can do to try to make the world a little better," she said.

For now, she's encouraging people through a barrage of persistent, informative, and entertaining emails with one goal in mind: getting people to VOTE. The thing about emailing people and talking about politics, according to Hebert, is to catch their attention—which is how lice got involved.

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Hebert isn't working with a specific organization. She is simply trying to motivate others to find ways to plug in to help get out the vote.

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