When a New York dad heard the hit summer song “Rude” by the band MAGIC! about a guy spurned by the father of the girl he wants to marry, he had a hilarious reply.
In the original music video for "Rude," MAGIC!'s frontman Nasri Atweh asks a father for his daughter's hand in marriage and the father shuts the door in his face, prompting Atweh to sing, "Why you gotta be so rude? Don't you know I'm human too? ... I'm gonna marry her anyway."
Benji Cowart, of Amherst, N.Y., rewrote the lyrics to the song and posted his own music video on YouTube.
“You say you want my daughter for the rest of your life ... well you gotta make more than burgers and fries ... get out your momma's basement boy and get you a life ... son your twenty-eight ... don't you think it's time,” Cowart sings in the video, which has now been viewed over three million times.
“Why you gotta call me rude ... for doing what a dad should do ... and keep her from a fool like you ... and if you marry her anyway ... marry that girl ... I'm gonna punch your face ... marry that girl ... I'll make you go away ... marry that girl,” sings Cowart, the father of an 11-year-old girl, plus two boys, ages 8 and 14.
Cowart, who is joined by his wife, Jenna, in the video, told ABC News that there was one specific line in the catchy song that inspired him to re-write the hit.
"I caught the line "I'm gonna marry her anyway' and the dad in me reared up ... so I had to write a response for all the dads with daughters out there,” Cowart told ABC News by email.
“Rude” is currently number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
Cowart said he has been impressed by the “great sports” the four members of MAGIC! have been about the parody.
“It’s all been in good fun,” Cowart said.
MAGIC! themselves retweeted a link to Cowart’s YouTube parody and today sent out a tweet expressing gratitude for all the covers of “Rude.”
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so thanks for all the covers ??— MAGIC! (@ournameisMAGIC) July 16, 2014