Pharrell is not happy about ‘Happy’ being played at a Trump Rally
By: Tianna Bradford
On Monday, hitmaker artist Pharrell, sent a cease and desist letter to“President” Trump for using his song “Happy" at a rally event in the Midwest Saturday, just hours after nearly a dozen people were gunned down in a mass shooting in a synagogue that occured over this past weekend.
Pharrell’s attorney Howard King had some words for Trump in the letter, “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," 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."
King claims that Trump used Pharrell’s song with the artists consent which isboth copyright and trademark infringement.
"Pharrell has not, and will not, grant you permission to publicly perform or otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music," King wrote.
Ironically, this is not the first time Trump has received backlash from artists. The Rolling Stones, The O'Jays, Adele, Queen and several others have asked Trump to stop using their music as well.
In August, Aerosmith frontman, Steven Tyler sent Trump a cease-and-desist letter after the commander in chief played the band's hit song “Livin’ on the Edge” at a rally in Charleston, West Virginia.
“Mr. Trump is creating the false impression that our client has given his consent for the use of his music, and even that he endorses the presidency of Mr. Trump,” Tyler’s legal team said in a letter.