'Weird Al' Yankovic Distances Himself From Other Weird Als With New Trademark

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"Weird Al" Yankovic attends the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Call him "Weird Al"™ Yankovic.

“Weird Al” Yankovic officially trademarked his name.

With plenty of other Als in the news for all sorts of things -- perhaps most notably, details of sexual assault by senator Al Franken -- Yankovic is distancing himself from all the other Als just in time. 

The parody king, who applied to have his name trademark renewed months ago, flaunted his approved application via Twitter on Monday (Nov. 20), telling his fans, “If you really feel compelled to insult Franken, Sharpton, Gore, Roker, or Pacino… PLEASE CHOOSE A DIFFERENT NICKNAME.”  

In an update later in the day, he wrote, "I posted my trademark application earlier today mostly as a joke (BTW, my name has been trademarked since 1985 - this was just a renewal). That wasn’t the point - the takeaway should have been that it’s extremely uncool to use my name in this kind of context... so, stop, maybe?:

Luckily, there are plenty of other adjectives to choose from. 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If you really feel compelled to insult Franken, Sharpton, Gore, Roker, or Pacino... PLEASE CHOOSE A DIFFERENT NICKNAME. <a href="https://t.co/RTfTTQaWkE">pic.twitter.com/RTfTTQaWkE</a></p>&mdash; Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) <a href="https://twitter.com/alyankovic/status/932657836097769472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 20, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I posted my trademark application earlier today mostly as a joke (BTW, my name has been trademarked since 1985 - this was just a renewal). That wasn’t the point - the takeaway should have been that it’s extremely uncool to use my name in this kind of context... so, stop, maybe? <a href="https://t.co/fq30fGReKO">pic.twitter.com/fq30fGReKO</a></p>&mdash; Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) <a href="https://twitter.com/alyankovic/status/932788476931538944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 21, 2017</a></blockquote>
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