Weight Watchers Removes Statue After Weird Al Controversy
Weight Watchers and "Weird" Al Yankovic were in love for years, but that all changed overnight! Comedian and musician had his statue removed from the HQ of the company in Manhattan and even his famous song "Now That's What I Call Polka!" will not be played anymore during their TV ads.
As they've announced, Yankovic has been accused of sizeism, so the company decided to suspend any connections to him until the further investigation proves him innocent. Even before this decision was made, his song "Dare To Be Stupid" was removed their training video "Let's Lose It 2019!"
In the meantime, his statue was first covered for a while, before being removed. As it was discovered, the problem represents a song that the musician has recorded over 30 years ago, and that's "Fat," a parody of Michael Jackson's song "Bad."
In the official statement, Weight Watchers are claiming they can no longer support "Weird Al," as he is being accused of mocking overweight people not only in "Fat" but in a few other songs. The organization states that it goes against their values as it brings pain to their clients.
CEO of the Weight Watchers Mindy Grossman cleared up the situation further saying that they can't continue working with anyone who offends people based on their size and weight.
The opinions are divided, as many people point out that Yankovic was simply making a parody and the word "Fat" was the most natural substitute for the word "Bad," since it wasn't meant to offend anyone, but to make people laugh.
The comedian who is also a vegan never publicly mocked overweight people and is currently not available for the comment. Also, there are no further details about the investigation and when we will know the results.
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