There are very, very few celebrities who want to be associated with Donald Trump and the Republican party. Musicians like the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Guns N Roses have demanded that the campaign not use their music. Neil Young went as far as suing the president after he didn’t honor the request.
Add Phil Collins name to the list. The British superstar was furious to hear that the campaign has been using his 1980’s song, In the Air Tonight, during campaign events. Collins has not only demanded that the GOP stop playing the song, he also blasted Trump for his mockery of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The musician’s lawyers had first requested that the campaign stop using the song back in June. According to them, the request went completely unanswered.
The lawyers wrote again today, noting, “Our previous letter also noted that the campaign’s use of the work constituted an implied and false endorsement of Mr. Trump. It also noted Mr. Collin’s express and unequivocal statement that he wants no affiliation whatsoever with The President or the Trump campaign.”
The artist is also unhappy that the song is being connected to Coronavirus denial. The letter continued:
“We now have learned that the Trump campaign has continued its improper use of ‘In the Air Tonight.’ Most recently, the Trump campaign used that work during an Iowa campaign rally on October 14, 2020. That use was not only wholly unauthorized but, as various press articles have commented, particularly inappropriate since it was apparently intended as a satirical reference to Covid-19. That reference was made at a time when Iowa was suffering from an acceleration of Covid-19 infection. Mr. Collins does not condone the apparent trivialization of Covid-19.”
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