Pharrell Williams is not “happy” with Donald Trump over the ill-timed use of his biggest hit and has unleashed his lawyer on the president of the United States.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the attorney representing the 45-year-old hitmaker has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump after Pharrell’s 2013 hit “Happy” was played during his Indiana rally on Saturday — the same day that a heavily armed gunman, reportedly obsessed by right-wing conspiracy theories, murdered 11 worshippers in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
“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,” writes attorney Howard King in the letter, reports THR. “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 letter states that Williams “has not, and will not, grant you permission” to use his music at rallies. For this reason, he writes that the use of “Happy” at the rally constitutes both copyright and trademark infringement.
Pharrell isn’t the first musician to take issue with Trump playing his or her music during one of his rallies. Among the rockers who have threatened legal action include Steven Tyler, R.E.M. and Queen, while as early as 2015 Neil Young slammed Trump for playing his “Rockin’ in the Free World” at campaign events.