As Arnold Wayne Jones noted in his review earlier this year of X-Men: First Class, filmmakers for the X-Men series of movies have never shied away from very obviously drawing parallels between the movies’ mutants and LGBT people in real life. Apparently the non-gay X-men fans have made the connection, too.
This morning my 14-year-old son came into the living room with a big grin on his face, telling me that he had just found a video on YouTube in which a bunch of X-Men fans had made a parody of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”
“It’s hysterical!” he told me.
This is the same son who, when I took him to his first Comic Con here in Dallas when he was 12, heard angels sing and saw the celestial light. I will never forget the look on his face when he turned to me and said, “My people! I have found my people at last!” He also, by the way, happens to be a big Gaga fan, too, and he is quite smart. So when he told me the video was funny, I decided it was worth looking up.
So I found it and watched it, and you know what — he was right. It’s funny and quite clever. So I decided to share it here with you so you can judge for yourself.
Today, the world finally gets to see what all the fuss was about. Weird Al Yankovic had issues with getting his Gaga parody on board with the Lady herself, but it was all just a misunderstanding. You might have heard the song already, but now the video for “Perform this Way” is officially out. And somehow I’m both cracking up and creeped out by it.
We just received a notice about Mike Hennessey, creator of Queerburgs, which, according to the e-mail press release, “is a comedy video series … where the gays are the majority.” Keeping in the holiday spirit, their latest video is a satirical take on “Winter Wonderland” and has already been released on Funny or Die.
After watching it though, if I had that choice, it would be the latter.