Initially it appeared that Gaga had refused to allow the satirist to include the song on his record, even after he sent lyrics to her camp."OK, I thought, she wants to know exactly what the lyrics are going to be before she signs off on the parody," Yankovic said on his website
. "Some artists just are a bit more protective of their material and don't want to take any chances. Fair enough. Because it was such an earnest human rights anthem, I thought some people might consider a parody to be in poor taste."
So he sent the lyrics to Gaga's people and waited on "figurative pins and needles" for her to give the go-ahead. After a few days, the Mother Monster's manager replied: "She actually needs to hear
it. Otherwise the answer is no."
The response mystified Yankovic. "At this point she has the lyrics ... and hopefully she is familiar with her own song ... and the parody is basically her music ... with my lyrics. It really shouldn't be that hard to decide - based on having the lyrics right in front of you - whether or not you'd be 'okay' with a parody. But, alas, we'd been given an ultimatum. If she didn't hear it, she wouldn't approve it."
Following an Internet outcry, it turned out that Gaga's manager had never forwarded the parody to the singer. Once Ms. Germanotta heard it she gave an immediate thumbs up, allowing Yankovic to release the song. This was a good thing not only as it proved Gaga does have a sense of humor but also all proceeds from the song were donated to the Human Rights Campaign.