The best song parody of the week is here, and it’s only Tuesday: On Monday’s episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden, host James Corden and singer Cyndi Lauper reworked Lauper’s classic “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” into an anthem about the gender wage gap.
Called “Girls Just Want Equal Funds,” the new song wasted no time in getting to the biting commentary. “I come home in the morning light, my mother says, ‘Why don’t you make the same as a guy?'” Lauper sings on the track, tweaking the original’s lyrics. “Oh, mama, dear, we’re not the fortunate ones, ’cause girls, they want equal funds.”
Later in the song, after a verse from Corden about women making less to do the same job as men, Lauper added a shot across the bow of Hollywood and last summer’s blockbuster hit Jurassic World: “Every movie, when things get real, a girl runs from danger still wearing high heels. Oh Hollywood, that’s not what we do. Because girls, they want comfy shoes, and to be paid as much as the dudes.” (Jurassic World was criticized because star Bryce Dallas Howard spends much of the film running away from killer dinosaurs while wearing high heels; the actress has said heels won’t be part of the forthcoming sequel.)
Lauper and Corden join a cavalcade of stars who have spoken up about equal pay in the work place, including Jennifer Lawrence, Patricia Arquette, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, and many more. Watch the parody below.