The latest in parody music videos
The sincerest form of flattery used to be imitation; now it's a parody video. EW revved up the Internet to test-drive a few of the recent best.
''RING THE ALARM''
''RING THE ALARM'' (YouTube)
Beyoncé's clip is a whirlwind of rage; Scarnici's video is just a dude in a wig, lip-synching to her track and flinging himself about in a hysterical manner. It's worth watching, if for no other reason than to remember how thin that line is between diva and drag queen. B
''WEIRD AL'' YANKOVIC
''WHITE AND NERDY'' (WeirdAl.com)
There's a reason he's the master. Al gets every detail of the gangsta-geek lifestyle right, from his back-alley purchase of the Star Wars Holiday Special to his wearing braces instead of a grill. Chamillionaire even put the track on his MySpace page where it's gotten 230,000 more plays than his version. A
THE GRAY KID AND DANIEL STESSEN
This demented yet seductive send-up proves sexy can be brought back by anyone at any time even a couple of hipster dudes singing about a pharmaceutical, breathily imploring it to ''put a little serotonin in me.'' And unlike Justin's, their clip's plot actually makes sense. A-