Axl Rose Of Guns N’ Roses Calls Trump’s Campaign ‘Sh-tbags’
Many artists have weighed in on politicians in this year’s midterm elections. Per previous reporting from Hill Reporter, Willie Nelson has lent his music for the campaign of Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke, while Rihanna and Pharrell Williams both recently expressed disdain with President Donald Trump using their art for his events, with the former saying she’d never be caught at one of those “tragic rallies” herself.
They’re not the only artists recently lashing out against the president. Axl Rose, lead singer from the group Guns N’ Roses, issued out a tweetstorm of discontent about the commander-in-chief on Monday.
“Just so ya know… GNR like a lot of artists opposed to the unauthorized use of their music at political events has formally requested [our] music not [be] used at Trump rallies or Trump associated events,” he wrote in his initial tweet.
Rose went on to explain, however, that he was essentially powerless to stop the president from using his band’s music. “Unfortunately the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent,” he said. “Can u say ‘shitbags?!'”
Unfortunately the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent.
Can u say “shitbags?!”?
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 4, 2018
The singer explained that there was a certain “irony” in seeing Trump supporters sing along or enjoy the group’s music at rallies, especially since the sentiment of a lot of their songs are against the president’s political viewpoints. But he also felt the need to clarify to his fans online that it wasn’t his or any of the other band members’ decision to allow the Trump campaign to use their art in that way.
“[W]hen [your] phone’s blowin’ up cuz peeps [are] seein’/hearin’ Sweet Child on the news at a rally…as a band we felt we should clarify [our] position,” Rose concluded, adding the word “Peace!” followed by an American flag emoji.