‘Weird Al’ Yankovic: ‘I Don’t Know What My Life Is Worth’
The Emmy-winning comedian and author has been the subject of a federal investigation since November for allegedly violating a federal law banning hate speech and making “false statements” to Congress about President Donald Trump.
In a recent episode of his podcast, “WeirdAl,” Yankovic defended his decision to not respond to a congressional inquiry into his treatment of women, saying that his actions were “just to let them know that I don’t know what my life is worth.”
Yankovich told NBC News that he feels his right to free speech is under attack.
“The problem is that we live in a society that believes that freedom of speech is a right, that freedom to express any opinion is a free speech right, and if you’re going to engage in political speech, you have to have a right to do so in a way that’s not offensive,” he said.
“That’s why the First Amendment protects you against defamation.”
On Thursday, a coalition of liberal advocacy groups released a statement urging the Justice Department to launch an investigation into Yankowski’s actions.
“Yankovich’s decision to refrain from responding to the House Judiciary Committee’s inquiry was motivated solely by a desire to avoid the potentially chilling effects of an ongoing federal investigation into his conduct,” the statement said.
The statement was released by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, National Coalition for Free Expression, Public Citizen, and the Campaign Legal Center.
In the past, Yankowitz has said that his political views are personal, and he’s not interested in discussing them.
The group added that the “Yanks and the Clintons” sketch was a reference to a recent interview Yankowsky gave with The New York Times about his sexual orientation.
The Times reported that he told the newspaper that he had never had a homosexual relationship.
Yankowksi has defended his remarks, saying they were not intended to denigrate gays.
He has also said that the comments were “not anti-gay” and were meant to be funny.
“I don’t want to say anything that is going to offend anybody, but if somebody has an issue with a statement that I made that I think is offensive, I don.
I want to talk about it and I want them to hear me out,” he told “Weeeeird Al” in the episode, which aired on Thursday.
“But I think it’s important to keep in mind that we’re in a democracy and we’re all citizens of this country, so I think that when people don’t agree with something, it’s up to them to express it.”