R.E.M. orders Trump to ‘cease and desist’ use of hit rock song



michaelstipe“Go f*** yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe told The Daily Beast in an email after Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump used the band’s hit single “It’s The End Of the World As We Know It” as his walk-up music for a campaign event on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

“Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign,” Stipe said.

On the official R.E.M. band Facebook page, the band released a statement channeling Stipe’s anger a bit more eloquently: “While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here. The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.”

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It’s probably safe to say R.E.M. will not be voting for Trump in the primaries, nor do they “feel fine” about him using their music to advertise his candidacy.

When Twitter users reached out to band member Mike Mills for comment on Trump’s use of his song, Mills replied, “Cease and desist.”

This isn’t the first time politicians and those holding government positions have gotten called out for using rock music to promote their platforms. Earlier this week, Survivor band member Jim Peterik announced his publisher will issue a “cease and desist” order against Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for using Survivor song “Eye of the Tiger” at a rally celebrating her release from jail.

Davis was held for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and Peterik said her actions “do not reflect” his views.

“I was gobsmacked,” he told CNN. “We were not asked about this at all.”

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