Pro-Pot Parody of Eminem and Rihanna Video: Should Be Legalized!

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 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, or on his website

57 thoughts

  1. so i have already seen it many a time by now and when i go back to youtube to look at it it has been flagged as containing adult material and you must sign in to verify age in order to watch, REALLY, OF ALL THE THINGS ON YOUTUBE THIS IS WHAT GETS FLAGGED, ANYONE ELSE INFURIATED. some people treat pot users like they have some kind of disease, wtf

  2. this video is a fuckin joke i dont smoke to get high i smoke to enjoy ..if u smoked everyday u would understand.. just legalize it and dont be stupid just have common sense any one else tired of this f*ckin bullsh*t ?? people should have to pass an iq test to be able to smoke ….you cant tell me that its illegal because of taxes, if the government really wanted to they could be making plenty of money selling it …stupid people ruin it for everyone

  3. thats cool but, we need video of folks doin their daily work an livin an raisin a family. being responsible to all around them.bein sucessful an happy….an at the end, let them lite a bird to finish the day…aaaahhh…..

  4. loved it,,hot!funny,,got a crush on charlotte i think.shared 3 times on the homepage!!.stop the lies free the medicine….
    peace on earth

  5. I know this is an old post, but I am re-posting it today so I thought I’d add my thoughts to the comments. I like the song. Anything that educates even one person at a time is a good thing for legalization. Whether you smoke for the simple pleasure, or for medicine, we are all in agreement that you shouldn’t be sent to prison for using this plant. And we all agree that cannabis is a good thing, and even necessary for maintaining good health. Let’s ALL work together, and stop judging each other. UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.

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