Over the weekend, President Trump attended a Midwest rally the day of the Pittsburgh congregation shooting. Pharrell Williams, songwriter and performance artist wasn’t too “happy” about it.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, President Trump played Williams’ song ‘Happy’ to an audience during a political event in Indiana. Williams’ attorney, Howard King stated, “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.”
King also stated Williams did not and will not give President Trump permission to publicly perform his music. Williams’ letter is not the first cease-and-desist letter Trump has received.
In August, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith lawyer’s stated, “Mr. Trump is creating the false impression that our client has given his consent for the use of his music.”
According to the Guardian, other musicians have declined Trump to right to use their music. These musicians include Adele, Neil Young, and the Rolling Stones.