Steven Tyler feels massive backlash for demanding Trump stop playing Aerosmith at campaign events

A beloved rock star triggered massive backlash on social media this week after he demanded that President Donald Trump stop playing his music at campaign rallies.

The hoopla started after word broke that Aerosmith’s classic song “Livin’ on the Edge” had been played at President Donald Trump’s rally Tuesday night at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia.

Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler’s legal team responded by submitting a cease-and-desist letter to the White House sternly warning of the legal ramifications if Trump keeps playing his music.

“By using ‘Livin’ On The Edge’ without our client’s permission, Mr. Trump is falsely implying that our client, once again, endorses his campaign and/or his presidency, as evidenced by actual confusion seen from the reactions of our client’s fans all over social media,” the letter read.

Listen:

“What makes this violation even more egregious is that Mr. Trump’s use of our client’s music was previously shut down, not once, but two times, during his campaign for presidency in 2015,” Tyler’s legal team added, referring to previous alleged copyright violations.

Does he actually possess the right to stop Trump from playing his music at campaign rallies? Yes. After Trump’s election campaign played Aerosmith’s classic song “Dream On” at a rally in 2015, Tyler’s team reportedly sought to revoke the campaign’s public performance licenses.

“As such, we are unaware of any remaining public performance license still in existence which grants Mr. Trump the right use his music in connection with the Rallies or any other purpose.”

While this means Tyler is technically in the right, most on social media still see him in the wrong:

To many, Tyler’s refusal to allow Trump to play his music is tantamount to the rock star disrespecting the office of the president.

The backlash became so severe that the rock star eventually addressed the issue in a Twitter statement claiming his legal demands weren’t related to politics but rather about “protecting copyright and songwriters.” As proof, he cited his fervent support of the so-called Music Modernization Act.

Look:

The regulation Aerosmith’s lead singer supports would nationalize the music industry by forming a government-controlled collective to handle all licensing concerns.

As noted by Breitbart, the key problem with this collective “is that it would be run by the government, specifically the U.S. Copyright Office, making it prone to cronyism, corruption, and mishandling of intellectual property.”

Comments

Latest Articles