Four of Tom Petty Family Members Unite to Denounce Trump for utilizing the rocker’s “I Won’t Back Down” at his Tulsa marketing campaign rally, saying Petty “would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”
The assertion stated that Donald Trump “was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind. Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind.”
The declaration was signed by Adria and Annakim Petty, his two daughters, in addition to each Dana Petty, his spouse at the time of his demise in 2017, and Jane Petty, his former spouse. They finish the notice by saying they are going to be submitting a cease-and-desist order in opposition to the marketing campaign.
“I Won’t Back Down,” some of the enduring songs in Petty’s catalog, was performed prior to the president’s look at the already legendarily under-attended rally at the BOK Centre in Oklahoma.
“Tom wrote this song for the underdog, for the common man and for everyone,” Petty’s survivors wrote of their joint assertion. “We want to make it clear that we believe everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like, but the Petty family doesn’t stand for this. We believe in America and we believe in democracy. But Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideals of either. We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage. Concurrently, we have issued a cease and desist notice to the Trump campaign.”
The finish of Trump’s prolonged and sometimes polarizing speech was met by the opening strains of the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” as at all times. The British group has repeatedly requested the Trump marketing campaign to cease utilizing the track, to no avail.
Others who’ve objected to their music being utilized by Trump at rallies embody Pharrell Williams, R.E.M., Aerosmith, Neil Young, Adele and the Village People.