- Trump is yet again sent a cease and desist order for using a song without an artist’s permission. This time it is sent by Credence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty.
- Trump has been using ‘Fortunate son’ without creative licensing or any compensation.
- John Fogerty wrote the song to shed light on the elitist entitled kids during the Vietnam war that were able to escape getting drafter to South Asia on the basis of their social status and financial situation.
- Trump himself was one such kid who avoided getting drafted over 5 times for various different reasons.
- Other artists to have slammed and sued Trump in the past include the likes of Linkin Park, R.E.M, Neil Young, Phill Collins, and more.
So yeah, Trump is at it again. We have been reporting on the misuse of popular songs by Trump’s campaign for quite some time now but I guess the president never really cared for creative licensing or creative rights. Trump was earlier sued by Linkin Park, R.E.M, and many more for using their songs to promote his campaign, something the artists never agreed to nor were they compensated for it.
The latest song to be misused by the Trump campaign is ‘Fortunate Son’ by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The frontman of the group, John has sent a cease and desist order to Trump so that the campaign stops using the band’s song. ‘Fortunate son’ is an anti-war song which frankly does not sit well with the Trump administration’s moral policies as well as political strategies and decisions.
The cease and desist order was sent after Fogerty found a video of the Trump rally where the song was blaring in the background. According to John, the use of ‘Fortunate son’ during a Trump rally was…
…That is because the band wrote the song about elitist Americans and white people during the American. Particularly the children of whom escaped the Vietnam war by simply avoid being drafted by the authorities through immoral means.
John even shared a letter on twitter where he said…
my words and my voice to portray a message that I do not endorseJohn Fogerty via Twitter
He further added…
I wrote this song because, as a veteran, I was disgusted that some people were allowed to be excluded from serving our country because they had access to political and financial privilegeJohn Fogerty via Twitter
He ended the conversation with..
I also wrote about wealthy people not paying their fair share of taxes.John Fogerty via Twitter
According to John, Donald Trump is the number one candidate to bring light to both issues, becuase he is the …
prime exampleJohn Fogerty
He then went on to say…
The fact that Mr. Trump also fans the flames of hatred, racism, and fear while rewriting recent history, is even more reason to be troubled by his use of my song,John Fogerty
The man you see in Fogerty’s tweet is John Fogerty himself. He completed his service to the nation in 1968 and resumed his music career after that and continued with Credence Clearwater Revival.
Some other songs that the Trump campaign has used against artist’s permission and without compensating them include…
- YMCA by Village People
- Macho Man by Village People
- You can’t always get what you want by the Rolling Stones.
- In the end by Linkin Park
- Rockin’ in the Free World by Neil Young
- Devil’s Sidewalk by Neil Young
- I won’t back down by Tom Petty
- In the air tonight by Phill Collins
Linkin Park even took to twitter earlier to express their dissent oveer the use of their song against their permission.
As for Trump, he is just like the elites that the song is about, people that are born with a silver spoon in their mouth but with empty heads. Trump never served in Vietnam, received five different draft deferments, and one particular one which was due to ‘bone spurs’.
Fogerty had written the song in 1969 to shed light on the anger and dismay of the normal people…
people of privilege, in other words, rich people or people of position, could use that to avoid the draft and not be taken into the military.John Fogerty
He then referenced to the time when Trump used federal troops to reach Lafayette park a few days after George Floyd’s passing away at the hands of police officers. According to Fogerty, this is the exact kind of event that he wrote the song about…the lyrics in question are mentioned below…
Some folks are born, made to wave the flag. Ooh, they are red, white, and blue. But when the band plays ‘Hail to the Chief,’ they point the cannon at you.CCR, Fortunate Son
John had appeared in the public last month as well where he said…
It’s a song I could have written now, So I found it confusing that the president has chosen to use my song for his political rallies, when in fact it seems like he is probably the Fortunate SonJohn Fogerty
If past incidents are to be believed then this news will never be addressed by Trump nor will he stop using famous songs out of context for his own gain while completely destroying their meaning and the reason they were written. We expect to report on a new song very soon in the coming months.
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