Donald Trump and the Republican Party chose Queen’s We Are the Champions to use during at the end of first day of their anti-LGBTI convention.
Surviving members of the band are not pleased and Brian May tweeted that use of the 1978 hit was ‘unauthorized.’
‘I can confirm that permission to use was neither sought nor given,’ he wrote. ‘We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue. Regardless of our views on Mr Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool.’
In addition to unauthorized use, the choice is seen as wildly inappropriate since the band’s late lead singer, Freddie Mercury, was gay and the party has adopted the most anti-LGBTI platform in its history.
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom pointed out on Twitter: ‘Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991. His music was played at a convention where the most anti-LGBT policy platform was adopted.’
‘His music, which he famously labored over, which was intricate and complex, was played at a convention where (vice presidential pick) Mike Pence, a man who has spent his political career actively looking for opportunities to pass laws that would give others the legal framework to discriminate against LGBT people, sat comfortably in a VIP box.’
Newsom added: ‘I’m not sure what Freddie Mercury would think of his music being played at the RNC convention, but I do know that if he weren’t a famous rockstar, he would have probably been greeted by a wall, a really high wall, because he represented everything that Mike Pence and Donald Trump are scared of.’
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