"Magic! Rude (The Dad's Side of the Story)" By Benji Cowart Is an Adorable Parody of the Pop Song

By now, you’ve probably heard the song “Rude” by Canadian reggae fusion band, Magic! several hundred times. If you haven’t, the track, which is quickly becoming one of the summer’s biggest hits, recounts the story of a man asking his girlfriend’s father for permission to marry her. As the title of the song implies, the girlfriend’s dad rudely turns him down and shuts the door in his face, but the man insists he’s going to “marry her anyway.” Now, a real-life dad is responding to the song in the best way possible — with his own parody of the tune, of course!

Benji Cowart of Amherst, New York reworked the lyrics of the song and posted a video of his hilarious version, entitled “Magic! Rude (The Dad’s Side of the Story)" to YouTube. The clip, which started making the rounds online this week, shows Cowart strumming a guitar as he sings revised lyrics like “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.” He also warns guys that they should “make more than burger and fries” and get out of their mom’s basement if they want to marry his daughter.

While I’m sure any parent can relate to Cowart’s version of the song, Cowart won’t have to deal with the situation himself for quite some time as his daughter is currently only 11 years old. He also has two boys, ages 8 and 14.

In addition to achieving Internet fame (and the appreciation of dads everywhere) with his cover, Cowart also received attention from Magic! themselves. The band retweeted a link to the video and later added, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so thanks for all the covers.”

Check out Cowart’s super funny version below:

Benji Jenna Cowart on YouTube