WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Tom Petty’s family issued a formal cease and desist letter to President Donald Trump’s campaign after it used his song “I Won’t Back Down” in his Tulsa rally event on Saturday.
- The late singer’s family said that they “firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would not want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”
- Other musicians have also denied Trump of using their music.
The family of the late singer Tom Petty sent a formal cease and desist letter to President Donald Trump’s campaign team over the use of his song “I Won’t Back Down” during his rally event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday.
Adria, Annakim, Dana and Jane Petty said in a statement shared on Twitter that Trump was “in no way authorised to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense left behind”.
The family said that Tom, together with his family, would “firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would not want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”
Petty died in 2017 from an accidental drug overdose, after his autopsy findings showed a mix of prescription painkillers, sedatives, and an antidepressant.
The late singer’s family announced their support for the country and for democracy but said that “Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideals of either. We would hate for fans that are marginalised by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage.”
The news is not unusual as other musicians also tried to avoid Trump’s campaign from using their music at his events.
In 2015, Neil Young said that Trump was not allowed to use “Rockin’ in the Free World” in his presidential campaign announcement. In 2018, Rihanna also issued a cease and desist letter over Trump’s use of her music at “one of those tragic rallies.”
Trump also got refusals on the use of songs from Elton John, REM, Adele, Guns N Roses, the Rolling Stones, Pharrell, Queen, Prince, Aerosmith and Earth Wind and Fire.
Trump was anticipating a jam-packed crowd ahead of his Saturday rally in BOK Center, Tulsa, but only 6,200 people flock the 19,000-capacity arena, according to the Tulsa Fire department.
There were reports that users from the social media platform TikTok and Korean-pop fans peaked the free ticket online registrations for prank purposes.
Source: The Guardian