By Kevin Rutherford
It’s a hashtag that’s popped up countless times on Twitter and other social media outlets signifying the moment when something happens to you that’s perhaps a bit of a hassle but, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t all that bad compared to what else is going on in the world.
The saying is “First World Problems,” and it’s Weird Al Yankovic‘s sixth music video in his eight-video series celebrating and promoting the release of new album Mandatory Fun.
“First World Problems,” like certain songs on his album, doesn’t parody any song directly; it’s an original, but it lampoons a certain band or style of music. In this case it’s the Pixies, who Yankovic copies to a T as he laments all the issues he’s had during his day that are, admittedly, a bit silly.
“My maid is cleaning my bathroom, so I can’t take a shower / When I do, the water starts getting cold after an hour,” he sings, sporting a blonde wig that seems like it could have been lifted out of any ’90s ad.
“First World Problems” shows Al struggling to just let go the time the barista at his coffee place didn’t draw a handy little picture in the foam, or the time he bought something (a dog) just so he could qualify for free shipping on Amazon. Be honest: of everything that’s in the video, you’ve probably found yourself complaining about one of them at some point. Just as long as you don’t make it into a habit like Yankovic’s character does, it’s OK. Probably.