On BBC 3's 100 Most Annoying Songs
, Weird Al Yankovic said: "I was very surprised to get permission from Michael Jackson, this is 1984 when I did 'Eat It,' when Michael was the King of Pop. We sent him a request, can we do a parody of your song and call it 'Eat It?' We thought we'd never hear back, it took a few weeks but we heard back and he said 'yeah that's fine.'"
In an interview with the Metro
newspaper August 1, 2003 Yankovic added: "He was the first megastar to give his blessing. When he let me do 'Eat It,' it raised the bar. I could then phone people who said 'no' and say: 'Well, Michael Jackson doesn't have a problem.'"
One such artist was Survivor, who granted Al permission to parody their song "Eye of the Tiger
." That song's co-writer, Jim Peterik
, told us: "I'm going, 'Okay, if Michael Jackson can approve it, I think I can, too.'"