Republicans have a long tradition of stealing music to use at their events and annoying the hell out of the artists they ripped off. Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump is no exception and Queen is taking legal steps to make him stop.
British rock band Queen has blasted the GOP and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for using the group’s 1977 rock anthem “We Are the Champions” at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, charging that neither Trump nor the party is authorized to use the song.
Trump is a “champion” the same way he is “faithfully married” and his wife “wrote” her own speech. Considering Trump’s long history of ripping people off, I wouldn’t be surprised if he keeps using the song.
And it’s not like Trump used the time-honored “Better to beg forgiveness than ask permission” ploy where they can pretend they had no idea. Queen specifically told Trump’s campaign not to use their music:
Queen does not want its music associated with any mainstream or political debate in any country,” Sony/ATV’s statement added. “Nor does Queen want ‘We Are the Champions’ to be used as an endorsement of Mr. Trump and the political views of the Republican Party. We trust, hope and expect that Mr. Trump and his campaign will respect these wishes moving forward.”
A Sony/ATV spokeswoman said it makes “no difference in how the song was played,” that is, whether a campaign uses an artist’s original recording or has a house band perform it live.
“The fact of the matter is that neither the publisher nor artist gave permission and had previously stated that they did not want Mr. Trump or the campaign to use the song,” the spokeswoman said.
Adam Lambert, who has been touring with the band as a stand in for the legendary Freddie Mercury (It’s been 25 years, we miss you Freddie! RIP), found the perfect meme to express the band’s outrage at a Republican using Freddie’s music:
Who created this meme!!??? It’s so spot on! pic.twitter.com/u0yGeBnQfV
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) July 20, 2016
I imagine as this election continues with Trump as the nominee, spewing his unique brand if hate and stupidity, the list of artists demanding he stop using their music will grow. After all, who besides Ted Nugent wants to be associated with a pathological liar, racist and all around scumbag like Trump?
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