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11/22/2013 11:55 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

'Weird Al' Yankovic On Support For Gay Marriage, LGBT Rights

Online talk show personality and award-winning social justice activist Jeff 4 Justice spoke with "Weird Al" Yankovic about the legendary singer-satirist's decision to donate proceeds from sales of "Perform This Way," his Lady Gaga parody, to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

"'Born This Way' is such a positive song," Yankovic said, before acknowledging his personal support for same-sex marriage. "I wanted to show that my heart was in the right place ... I felt that by donating to the HRC, that would show it was all in good fun."

It isn't the first time that "Weird Al," 54, has spoken out in defense of the LGBT community, particularly in his decision to satirize the Lady Gaga hit.

"I was a little on the fence of doing a parody of “Born This Way,” as I assumed it was very personal to Lady Gaga and it is a gay rights anthem and it had some important meaning to a lot of people," he told Pop Break in 2001. "So I thought if I were to donate all the proceeds from the single and the video to the HRC that would sort of take the onus off me a little bit. It was my way to justify making fun of a song that had a very positive message."

H/T Jeff 4 Justice

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