As we all know, Donald Trump has no ability to unite the country after tragedies. He only knows how to inflame—therefore, Grammy winner Pharrell Williams was unhappy when 45 played his iconic song “Happy” just hours after 11 people were killed at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 27.
Attorney Howard King, Williams’ lawyer, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump, which read 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 letter continued, “Pharrell has not, and will not, grant you permission to publicly perform or otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music.”
See the full letter below:
This is not the first time Donald Trump has been shut down from playing music at rallies. The long list includes songs by Adele, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, Queen and REM. Most recently, Prince’s estate released a statement when Trump played “Purple Rain” at a rally in Mississppi, saying, “The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or The White House to use Prince’s songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately.”
Trump has not responded to Pharrell.