Supporters of President Donald Trump were spotted in a video waving his hands at Prince's "purple rain" at a rally in Mississippi, and the estate of the late singer quickly condemned the use of his former reality star's material on Friday. .
Jeremiah Freed, a music blogger from Los Angeles who has worked closely with Prince's team over the years, went on Twitter to share a statement from the state. The Prince Estate asked that Trump and the White House refrain from using their music in these environments. Freed's tweet was later endorsed by Prince's brother, Omarr Baker, who also shared the announcement.
"The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or the White House to use Prince's songs and has asked them to stop using them immediately," the statement said.
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"Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or the White House to use Prince's songs and has requested that they stop using them immediately."
– drfunkenberry (@drfunkenberry) October 12, 2018
Billboard reported that Prince's "purple rain" often plays in Trump's camp; The Mississippi rally in question occurred on October 2. The images of the incident were shown through CNN, C-SPAN and Fox News. In the event, Trump mocked the testimony of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, saying to the crowd, "How did you get there? I do not remember." Where is the place? I do not remember. How many years ago was it? & # 39; I do not know & # 39; "
When Prince was alive, he was known to be a politician. Almost a year before his death, in April 2016, he took the stage at the 2015 Grammy Awards to present the Album of the Year Award to Taylor Swift for 1989. Before doing so, Prince took the opportunity to briefly talk about the Black Lives Matter movement.
"The albums still matter," Prince said at the time. "Like books and black lives, albums are still important, tonight and always."
This would not be the first time that Trump is asked to refrain from playing the music of a particular artist. In August, Aerosmith leader Steven Tyler asked Trump to stop playing the band's music after he used "Livin & # 39; on the Edge" at a West Virginia rally. Tyler's lawyer subsequently sent a letter of cease and desist to the president.
"Mr. Tyler's voice is easily recognizable and fundamental to his identity, and any use thereof misappropriates his publicity rights," reads the letter, according to Variety. "Mr. Trump has no right to use the name, image, voice or image of our client, without his express written permission."
Adele also spoke out against Trump's use of her music. According to the guardian, his spokesman said in a statement that "Adele has not given permission for his music to be used in any political campaign" in 2016.
R.E.M., Elton John and The Rolling Stones are also among a growing list of artists who have told Trump to stop using his music.