Donald Trump’s gaining in the polls, because apparently we live in a dystopia where shouting hate speech and promoting American Exceptionalism is enough for millions to think you should be president. But this bloated bigot has earned the ire of R.E.M. by using their track “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” without permission at a recent rally to mock President Barack Obama’s proposed Iran nuclear deal.
On Facebook, the group essentially posted a subtweet, calmly denouncing Trump’s use of their song as fearmongering propaganda without ever mentioning him at all.
It’s a totally dignified and to the point response…But we prefer Michael Stipe unfiltered.
Here’s what R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills says Stipe really thinks about Trump and his rally-mate/Ellen-Page-hater Ted Cruz.
Upcoming is Michael's statement about Trump using our song at the rally. His opinions are HIS, please do not tweet angry responses at me.— Mike Mills (@m_millsey) September 9, 2015
"Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you—you sad, attention grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your 1)— Mike Mills (@m_millsey) September 9, 2015
…moronic charade of a campaign."—Michael Stipe— Mike Mills (@m_millsey) September 9, 2015
On a personal note: We at Pajiba wish Michael Stipe was on Twitter.
This isn’t even the first time a musician has come out demanding Trump detach their music from his message. Back in June, Neil Young demanded Trump stop using his “Rockin’ In The Free World,” declaring through his management team:
“Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”
Never forget Neil Young is Canadian.
In other bigot vs. musician news*, we’ve got an update on Kim Davis vs. Survivor. The band had previously denounced the homophobic Kentucky clerk’s use of “Eye of Tiger” at the rally held after her release from jail, where she was serving 6 days for contempt of court resulting from her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses despite the fact it’s her damn job. Now, they’re filing a $1.2 million lawsuit against Davis and her new best bud in bigotry Mike Huckabee. (Huckabee picks real winners as friends.)
Survivor is understandably furious in having their classic anthem of overcoming adversity used to celebrate being the adversity that others have to overcome. But at leas they have a good case. Harvard Law Professor, Paul Horner explains:
“Mike Huckabee and Kim Davis had no permission to use the song, bottom line. This whole incident is in the national public spot light right now, and Huckabee is running for president; he should have known better.”
No word yet on if R.E.M. will be suing Trump. But we can dream.
UPDATE: As has been pointed out in comments, the Survivor lawsuit is not real, but a hoax begun by an NBC news parody blog that fooled us on Google:
Apologies. While, TMZ claims the group is threatening a lawsuit, it’s TMZ so grain of salt and all that.
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