Singer and “Ocean’s 8” actress Rihanna is shutting down the use of her music at U.S. President Donald Trump’s rallies.
On Sunday afternoon White House bureau chief at The Washington Post, Philip Rucker tweeted that Rihanna’s song, “Don’t Stop the Music”, was playing at a Trump rally in Chattanooga, Tenn. Rucker wrote:
Prior to the interaction with Rucker, Rihanna posted an impassioned political plea to the people of Florida on Instagram:
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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!
Pharrell Williams also recently put a stop to Trump’s use of his music by sending him a cease and desist letter. The president used Williams’ song “Happy” mere hours after 11 people lost their lives to gun violence at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn.
While some artists are putting a stop to the president’s use of their music, others are being inspired by the controversial leader. Barbra Streisand recently released an entire album, Walls, inspired by the current political climate.
Trump had run-ins with artists before he was named president. In February 2016, ET Canada reported that Adele took umbrage with Trump. According to the singer’s rep, “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.”