CLEVELAND -- Donald Trump took the stage to Queen’s "We Are The Champions" Monday night at the Republican National Convention, and the rock group was not happy.
Queen conveyed their disapproval on Twitter Tuesday.
An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes - Queen
— Queen (@QueenWillRock) July 19, 2016
This was not the first time Trump has used the popular melody at a campaign event. In June, Queen’s Brian May posted on his blog that Trump’s use of their music “was neither sought nor given.”
But unauthorized use of music during political events is not uncommon.
Music and film lawyer Marc Jacobson told Time Magazinethat the use of the song was completely legal, adding that venues can buy rights to play songs.
What isn’t so clear is if there “is a notion of implied endorsement that they [Queen] somehow support Trump,” Jacobson told Time Magazine.
The public took to Twitter, mentioning the irony of Trump using a song from a band who’s late frontman, Freddy Mercury, was openly homosexual.
Trump comes out to Freddie Mercury, who the GOP platform would send to ex-gay therapy.
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) July 19, 2016
The Moment Trump Made Freddie Mercury Roll Over In His Grave-yup... https://t.co/iWiM93yLxa
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) July 19, 2016