Rihanna doesn’t want President Trump playing her music at his “tragic” rallies.
The 30-year-old songstress found out the Trump administration played her hit record, “Don’t Stop the Music” at its Sunday Tennessee rally after The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker tweeted about the incident.
“Not for much longer…,” Rihanna said about Trump playing her tunes. “Me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip!”
Not for much longer…me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip! https://t.co/dRgRi06GrJ
— Rihanna (@rihanna) November 5, 2018
Rihanna joins a litany of musicians who have forbidden Trump from using their music at his events.
Most recently, Pharrell’s attorney, Howard King, sent a cease and desist letter to Trump after “Happy” was played at an Indiana rally. Trump’s appearance in the Midwestern state came hours after a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh Synagogue left 11 congregants dead.
“Pharrell has not, and will not, grant you permission to publicly perform or otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music,” the letter reads. “On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist’, you played his song Happy to a crowd at a political event in Indiana.”
WOWZA. Check out this cease and desist sent by Pharrell Williams to Donald Trump for using “Happy” on “the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings,” as the letter puts it. pic.twitter.com/Mst83Vp0kO
— Eriq Gardner (@eriqgardner) October 29, 2018
The statement continues, “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”
The topic of politics dominated Rihanna’s social media platforms this past weekend, as she endorsed Florida’s Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum.
The Barbadian beauty took to Instagram where she encouraged millions of her followers — particularly those in the Sunshine state — to vote in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
“FLORIDA: you have the opportunity to make history this election,” wrote RiRi. “The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history and we can help make #AndrewGillum the new one and Florida’s first.”
She also encouraged Floridians to vote for Amendment 4 saying, “VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society.”
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FLORIDA: You have the opportunity to make history this election. The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida’s first! If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground. That’s a platform we MUST support. Let’s #bringithome, Florida. Vote @andrewgillum. And VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society. VOTE on November 6th!