Frontman Michael Stipe Tells Trump to F-Off After Using R.E.M. Song

R.E.M./Photo: Facebook
R.E.M./Photo: Facebook

Donald Trump, speaking to an anti-Iran Tea Party rally on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol yesterday, used R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” as his entrance piece, which led to this exchange between Salon’s David Corn and R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills:

Mill’s also had this to say:

R.E.M. later responded officially in a statement posted to their Facebook page:

“While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here. The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.”

But that was not the end of the affair. The band’s frontman Michael Stipe, may have lost his religion, but he has lost none of his fire. Though he does not tweet himself, Mills was more than happy to tweet for him:

“Go f*ck yourselves, the lot of you-you sad, attention grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”

You can be sure Trump will be telling us today that R.E.M. is great, they love him, etc. Just like Mexicans love him. Just like women love him. Everyone loves Trump in the Trumpverse.

Unfortunately for Trump, as he demonstrated last night, he is sadly out of touch with everyone but his fellow white supremacists.

Trump used “really, really” a lot last night. And you’ve got to admit: A Tea Party rally was the perfect venue for Trump to again mindlessly unleash an angry response by being really, really clueless.

19 Replies to “Frontman Michael Stipe Tells Trump to F-Off After Using R.E.M. Song”

  1. I played Donnie Dipstick’s speech clip for my cat this morning…

    she was happy… really really happy…

    until that…

    she hacked up a hairball and stalked off…

  2. Apparently Trump feels so entitled that he no longer needs permission from artists to use their works. He could do enormous damage to America with a Putin attitude like that. The Trump regime is a joke that belongs with Barnum and Baileys circus. All music artists should form a pact to not allow this jerk to use ANY of their music without donating 1 billion dollars to the artists charity of choice. And CNN, dont pay – let the other candidates get a few minutes without a clown in the room.

  3. Oh poor baby waaa waaa. Stipe doesn’t want anyone to stop the illegal invasion of the USA or stop doing deals with our enemy Iran. Let me guess Stipe is a progressive liberal that finds no issue with putting our country at risk and up for sale.
    TRUMP 2016

  4. I think that would be impossible. By ruling out having a clown in the room, you rule out having any of the other candidates in the room as well. [WINK]

  5. Throw em all outta washington! Start New! TRUMP 2016! I want a President that has success as his middle name, will never go down without a fight, and wants to win for the country that has helped him success! and in all the hundreds of thousands of people he has had to deal with over the years, the news pundits come up with only a handful of ACTUAL naysayers! Trump 2016!

    wah wah.. i wasn’t invited.. wah wah…

  6. Oh my, donzilla. Stipe, like the majority of the people in the country, doesn’t like Trump, who by the way, is a bloviating, narcissist who can only boast about how smart, rich and wonderful HE is. He is very short on facts and policies. I know it must be hard for you to think outside of your racist, ignorant “patriot” bubble but Trump will not be the President. Wrap your little peabrain around that.

  7. Donzilla… A perfect name for a brainless reptile! Stipe only wants someone capable of addressing issues with policy in mind. He wants HOW and HOW MUCH answers, not really really bullshit.

    If you’re going to be an understudy, go to clown school…

  8. Yeah, I should have specified the orange one with a pink lone ranger mask on with the face of a blow-up doll. The biggest loser of the bunch.

  9. One would think that a man as wealthy as Thump claims to be and such a great business man would have someone to clear his use of music before events. Since he has repeatedly used music without permission from the bands I assume he either is nowhere near as rich as he brags about being or he is just a lousy business man.

    I am sure he paid the required royalties for his use of the music. He would be in court if he didn’t. But using music in a political campaign requires making sure the musicians do not hate your guts. It is just embarrassing to repeatedly be told to stop using popular music which appears (on the surface) to support your message.

    I find it very interesting that Thump has never used music by the one musician whom he knows supports him. Apparently Nugent is not popular with the angry, old, white guy crowd supporting Thump. Maybe he should have the fellow draft-dodger Ted write him as song his hateful supporters will listen to, if Nugent is still able to write anythin…

  10. …hate filled vague generalities…banal empty platitudes…never any specifics, any solid policies…
    …his unwritten theme is “Trust Me”…shades o’ Huey Long with his “Every Man a King” theme song…an Idiotologue…hijacked the Republican’t Pottys Monster…by signing the Republican’t pledge, the Republican’ts gave him the license and registration for said Monster…
    …offers nothing for We the People but war and serfdom…
    THAT is Donald Trump…

  11. Are you speaking as someone who knows him? Maybe you should listen to his ex-wife, who told the rest of us that Herr Donald used to keep a book of speeches of Herr Adolph Hitler next to his bed. Didn’t know you were sleeping with the enemy, did you?

    Has it come to this? Has the gaping vacuum in the GOP leadership made it acceptable to grab and hold on to anyone with a breath, name recognition and a microphone?

  12. Apparently when you get to be “really, really YUGE”, you don’t need no stinkin’ permission.

    I was thinking we should come up with a suggested playlist for Sideshow Don. For instance, I’m sure his white supremacist buddies would appreciate some Wagner.

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