Comedian, songwriter and performer Steve Berke has hit a home run with his music parody of the mega-popular Eminem and Rihanna video ‘Love the Way You Lie’ turning it into a funny and biting social commentary with his spot-on ‘Should Be Legalized’!
With less than two weeks before California voters go to the polls to decide whether or not to legalize cannabis, Steve Berke’s Weird Al Yankovic-inspired song parody ‘Should Be Legalized’ is going to become very popular—and fast—on the Internet.
Miami Beach, FL (Oct 20th, 2010) Miami based comedian, Steve Berke, dubbed the Weird Al Yankovic of this generation, has released a new parody video based on Eminem’s LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE which features Rihanna and stars actress Megan Fox. However, instead of a dark and angry video centered around an abusive alcoholic relationship, the video portrays a similar couple happily smoking marijuana while the lyrics of the song convey a strong political message by naming a laundry list of politicians and A-list celebrities that have admitted to smoking marijuana.
The video, entitled, SHOULD BE LEGALIZED stars Steve Berke as Eminem and Charlotte Bruyn, a 19-year-old model and pop star from Amsterdam. The video is also the debut for model Valerie White, a spitting image of Megan Fox, and was released nationwide on Tuesday, October 20th, 2010, approximately two weeks before the historic Proposition 19 vote in California.
Because of the heated debate regarding the legalization of Marijuana, Steve Berke is using Youtube to launch a national political campaign with the video. The end of the video calls for each viewer to email the video link to their congressman, and gives them an option of email addresses based on their geographic location.
“I didn’t just want to make a political statement with this video. I wanted to mobilize an army of citizens by making the video interactive and facilitating a way for Americans to be heard. In the past, there was no medium to do this. But with Youtube, we can reach a giant audience in a short amount of time, and Congress will have no choice but to listen to us.”
Berke, a Yale graduate and two time All-American tennis player, is a former reality TV contestant. After a back injury ended his professional tennis career, Berke appeared on the entrepreneurial reality show, The Rebel Billionaire with Sir Richard Branson. The FOX show is where Berke founded the widely popular Moosh Pillow, and became the first ever reality contestant to launch a company on a television show. Berke traveled the world with Branson for two months competing in entrepreneurial adventure challenges and was undeniably the show’s most popular character, being featured in both People and Star magazines after the show aired.
In 2009, Berke started performing at the Improv Comedy Clubs of South Florida as a stand-up and musical comic. “After my tennis career ended, I missed the adrenaline rush of being in front of a live audience. I could no longer entertain with my athletic ability, so I decided to start entertaining with my voice.” Steve began bringing his guitar on stage to sing comedy songs and has featured for many of today’s top comedians. After winning several stand-up comedy competitions and refining his skills on stage, Berke decided to bring his songs to a bigger audience and started writing and producing his own music videos, with the help of an old college friend from Yale, his director, Adam Mutchler. When watching the videos, it’s hard to believe that they are the bi-products of only two people.
On September 1st of this year, Berke released his first comedy album, an EP entitled, “La Vida Sucia.” The album contains both performance songs and songs that Berke released as music videos. You can see his music videos on his newly launched Youtube channel, www.youtube.com/steveberkecomedy or on his website www.steveberkecomedy.com.