Yesterday afternoon, Washington Post White House bureau chief Philip Rucker tweeted that Rihanna’s 2008 hit, “Don’t Stop the Music,” at a Trump rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics,” Rucker tweeted. “Currently, Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it.”
Rihanna then quoted to tweet and quickly responded to the news, airing her disapproval.
“[Neither] me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies,” Rihanna responded. “Thanks for the heads up Philip!”
It’s not a surprise that Rihanna is not crazy about Trump’s usage of her music. Rihanna, an American citizen was born and raised in the Caribbean island of Barbados. Rihanna is an immigrant and Trump’s boldly anti-immigrant stance will of course not sit well with her.
The lead singer of Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose, also tweeted, asking for the president to refrain from using their catalog during his rallies.
“GNR like a lot of artists opposed to the unauthorized use of their music at political events has formally requested r music not b used at Trump rallies or Trump associates events,” Rose tweeted.
This comes just days after Pharrell Williams issued Trump with a cease and desist order following his usage of Williams’ hit single, “Happy” during one of his rallies.
“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” Williams’ attorney Howard King wrote in the letter. “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.
“Pharrell has not, and will not, grant you permission to publicly perform or otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music.”
Adele, Neil Young, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, and Queen have all banned the president from using their work.
We applaud Riri for calling Trump out.