Melania Trump’s blatant plagiarism of First Lady Michelle Obama wasn’t the only controversial moment from night one of the Republican National Convention. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump blatantly ignored a request from Queen to discontinue using the band’s music.
Last month, founding member and guitarist Brian May strongly condemned Trump for playing “We Are the Champions” at a campaign rally. “I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given,” May said at the time. “We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue. Regardless of our views on Mr Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool. Our music embodies our own dreams and beliefs, but it is for all who care to listen and enjoy.”
Last night, however, Trump again took the stage to “We Are the Champions”.
Not that it matters, but Queen have since responded on Twitter, calling Trump’s actions “an unauthorised use … against our wishes.” Update: Queen have shared a more expansive statement through their publishing company.
“We are frustrated by the repeated unauthorized use of the song after a previous request to desist, which has obviously been ignored by Mr. Trump and his campaign,” the band said.
“Queen does not want its music associated with any mainstream or political debate in any country. Nor does Queen want ‘We are the Champions’ to be used as an endorsement of Mr. Trump and the political views of the Republican Party. We trust, hope and expect that Mr. Trump and his campaign will respect these wishes moving forward.”
Perhaps Twitter user Ben Silver put it best: