Pharrell Williams, whose song ‘Happy’ was played at a Donald Trump rally few hours after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, has served the US President a cease and desist letter.
Pharrell Williams who expressed his disgust with move to play his song at a Donald Trump rally, sent a cease and desist letter to Trump requesting that the song should not be played at any future events.
The letter obtained by Hollywood Reporter reads in part;
‘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.
‘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 singer’s lawyer Howard King, further disclosed that Pharrell Williams has not and will not grant Donald Trump permission to publicly perform or otherwise disseminate his music. The triple-platinum selling hit was played at a rally in Indiana just hours after deranged gunman Robert Bowers, 56, shot and killed 11 people and injured six more at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
With this, the singer has joined a growing list of musicians who have barred the president from using their music, including R.E.M., Adele, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, and Queen. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler sent multiple cease-and-desist letters after the group’s song “Livin’ on the Edge” played at a Trump rally in West Virginia back in August.