Superstar Rihanna is not pleased that her music is being played at rallies for President Donald Trump. On Sunday, Rihanna said on Twitter that her tunes will no longer be played at the president’s “tragic rallies.”
“It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one — Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics,” wrote The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker on Sunday. “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.”
Everyone was loving it — except for Rihanna, apparently.
“Not for much longer,” the singer tweeted, “me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip!”
Rihanna, falling in line with the nearly homogenous Hollywood culture, has been cheerleading Andrew Gillum, the Democrat nominee for Governor of Florida.
“FLORIDA: You have the opportunity to make history this election,” she wrote in a Sunday tweet. “Let’s #bringithome. Vote [Andrew Gillum]. And VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society. VOTE on November 6th!”
Similarly, she posted to Instagram: “If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground. That’s a platform we MUST support. Let’s #bringithome, Florida. Vote [Andrew Gillum].”
And Rihanna isn’t the only celebrity losing it over her song being played in association with President Trump. Last week, musician Pharrell Williams reportedly sent Trump a cease and desist letter for playing his hit song, “Happy.”
“Lawyers for the singer issued Mr Trump a cease and desist letter after he played the song at a political event in Indiana ‘on the day of the mass murder of 11 human bring at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,'” Sky News reports.
The song was playing at the Future Farmers of America rally in Indiana on Saturday, the same day a synagogue was targeted in the worst anti-Semitic attack on American soil.
“There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for you use of this song for this purpose,” said the letter.
According to Sky News, the letter “warned that use of the song constituted a copyright infringement and Pharrell’s trademark rights.”
Other celebs threw fits, too. “In 2016, Adele had previously requested the president stop playing ‘Rolling in the Deep’ at his campaign rallies. Axl Rose also recently requested that Trump stop playing his iconic hit ‘Sweet Child of Mine,'” reports Indy100.