Despite recent reports to the contrary, Neil Young says he is not OK with Donald Trump using his song “Rockin’ in the Free World” at campaign events. The folk-rock legend has posted a message on his official Facebook page in which he makes his position clear about the Republican presidential candidate using his music at his rallies.
Attached to the message, titled “Young Continues to Deny Trump Permission to Use His Music” is a video clip of Neil performing “Rockin’ in the Free World” at a recent concert that shows him yelling into the microphone, “F*** you, Donald Trump!”
Young explains that when he first found out that Trump played “Rockin’ in the Free World” at his campaign launch, he had his management call Donald’s office and request that he stop. The folk-rock legend says he thought that Trump had done so, but was disappointed to find out that wasn’t the case.
Neil points out that people can obtain a license to use a song at a public event without getting an artist’s permission, adding, “I believe using an artists [sic] work for a specific politicians [sic] campaign represents ‘implied consent.'”
Young goes on to point out that the presidential candidate he supports is “the issue focused, straight shooter Bernie Sanders, in my opinion, the best person for the job, hands down.”
Then, clearly referencing Trump, he adds, “I do not endorse hate, bigotry, childish name calling, the superficiality of celebrity or ignorance.”
It’s worth noting that Neil can’t vote in the upcoming election since he’s still a Canadian citizen.
Young finishes his message by posting an updated version of lyrics to “Rockin’ in the Free World,” a song that he originally wrote as a critique of President George H.W. Bush‘s administration.
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