Musicians, traditionally speaking, are a liberal old bunch, and they’ve enjoyed a long history of slamming right wing war-mongers in the political class. The very real possibility of President Trump has got many in the US music world, from punk to pop, manning the barricades. Trump is, after all, the silliest neo-con nut-bar since Ronald Reagan, spouting the sort of ignorant, bigoted views on Mexicans, women and foreign nations that are usually only held by below-the-line commenters on MailOnline. Here are the ones who’ve been most vocal.
Madonna Madge showed her appreciation for Donald Trump by getting a piñata in his likeness for her 11-year-old son’s birthday. She also defended her friend Rosie O’Donnell after Trump doubled down on his ongoing feud with her. “Mess with my girl Rosie,” she tweeted, “and you’re messing with me!!! Cruelty never made anyone a winner.”
The rapper attacked the wildfowl that appears to have taken up residency on Trump’s head. “donald trump really has to step his toupee game up,” she Tweeted, “like, bitch, have u been wearing that shit ur whole life? its thin as fuck.” The unidentified creature has yet to comment.
Syrup considerations aside, some opponents took more surreal side-swipes. On ‘Constantly Hating,’ (feat. Birdman), Young Thug raps a rather off-kilter golfing metaphor for Donald’s fairly scattergun policies. “Yeah thumbs up, I’ve seen more holes than a golf course on Donald Trump’s course.”
“Go fuck yourselves, you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” Michael Stipe said in a statement tweeted by the band’s bassist Mike Mills after ‘It’s The End Of The World…’ was used at a Tea Party rally. “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.” Mills added “the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him.”
Undeterred, Trump kept on tugging the todgers of high-profile rock left-wingers. “Donald Trump was not authorised to use ‘Rockin in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” read a statement from Neil Young after Trump did exactly that. Young declared himself “a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”
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Cher In August, Cher spoke at an event in support of Hillary Clinton in Massachusetts, where she voiced concerns for minorities should Trump come to power. “He doesn’t mean we want to ‘Make America Great Again,'” she said. “He means: ‘We want to make America straight and white’. He just says the weirdest shit… I just think he’s a fucking idiot.”
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Bono The U2 man compared him to a casino owner. “Look, America is like the best idea the world ever came up with. But Donald Trump is potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America, potentially… America is an idea, and that idea is bound up in justice and equality for all – equality and justice for all, you know? I don’t think he’s a Republican. I think he’s hijacked the party, and I think he’s trying to hijack the idea of America. And I think it’s bigger than all of us… People of conscience should not let this man turn your country into a casino.”
CNN reported that Trump intended to introduce the band at the Iowa State Fair on August 15. Responding to the news, guitarist Vivian Campbell wrote on Facebook: “I really, really, really hope that there’s no truth to this rumour… Def Leppard have never been a political band, and if we were, I for one wouldn’t be associating my name with this clown.”
Miley Cyrus The former Hannah Montana star posted a tearful selfie to Instagram after Donald Trump was pictured posing next to a big game hunter. “We’re all just fucking jam between his rich ass toes!” she wrote in the caption. “Honestly fuck this shit I am moving if this is my president!”
The Slipknot frontman couldn’t actually believe civilised society had reached this political nadir. “The fact that Donald Trump is a real candidate for the presidency of the United States of fucking America. Are you kidding me?” he gasped. “Okay. At this point, let’s just nominate [American comedian] Emo Philips too. Philips, Pauly Shore…. 2020.”
Tom Morello In an introduction to folk singer Ryan Harvey’s song, ‘Old Man Trump’, the Rage Against The Machine guitarist said, “I’m standing up against Old Man Trump. When it comes to race relations, he’s like an old-school segregationist. When it comes to foreign policy, he’s like an old-school napalmist. When it comes to women’s issues, he’s like a frat house rapist. So let’s not elect that guy.”
Moby The electronic musician strongly objected to Trump’s stance on abortions, writing on Facebook: “This privileged piece of shit just said that women who get abortions should be ‘punished’. I’m not a woman, but I assume that the trauma of terminating an unwanted pregnancy is horrifying beyond words. For a privileged white man to say that women who are already suffering need to be ‘punished’ is fucking evil and psychotic.”
Moz’s plea to America took what’s known, after piggate, as the Shame Slant. “Can you imagine the international stage announcing the arrival of President Trump?” he argued, picturing an entire nation face-palming in embarrassment as one. “On the basis of his name alone he can’t be allowed to represent America.”
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Rollins couched America’s encroaching political disaster in more Fifty Shades Of Grey terms. “…bend over, relax and hold onto something solid, because here he comes – here comes Donald Trump 2016. And when he puts it in, you’ll know who your daddy is.”
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Father John Misty Josh Tillman made a long speech instead of performing songs at a New Jersey festival in response to seeing ‘Idiot King’ Donald Trump speak at the Republican National Convention the previous day. “I always thought that it was going to look way more sophisticated than this when evil happened,” he said. “When the collective consciousness was so numb and so fucking sated and so gorged on entertainment… I cannot play ‘Bored in the USA’ for you right now. No no no, because guess what? I soft-shoed that shit into existence by going, ‘No no no, look over here, it’ll never actually be that bad because we’re too smart.’ And while we were looking in that direction, stupidity just fucking runs the world because entertainment is stupid! Do you guys realize that?”
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Katy Perry During the first presidential debate, Perry voiced her support of Hillary Clinton on Twitter, quoting the Democratic nominee’s best comments to Trump – like “You live in your own reality” – and later appearing in a video encouraging people to vote, naked or not.
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Ellie Goulding has called Trump “disgusting” and has denounced him several times over the last year. “Donald Trump is the worst I do not say that lightly,” she wrote in November 2015. In March 2016 she wrote “The Trump thing is surely beyond a joke now… I don’t fancy the apocalypse just yet :-(“
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Billie Joe Armstrong In an interview with Kerrang, the Green Day man compared Trump to Hitler. “The worst problem I see about Trump is who his followers are. I actually feel bad for them, because they’re poor, working-class people who can’t get a leg up. They’re pissed off and he’s preyed on their anger. He just said, ‘You have no options and I’m the only one, and I’m going to take care of it myself.’ I mean, that’s fucking Hitler, man!”
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Wavves The Californian band made a list of people they would ban from their shows. This included “Anyone who has harboured resentment in any way towards the homosexual community in any way”; anyone who “thought a rape victim had it coming because she was dressed a certain way or was too intoxicated”’; those who supported the anti-abortion hashtag #alllivesmatter; white people who use racial slurs; and anyone who has “gone out of their way” to defend American police, and finally anyone who supports Donald Trump: “That’s basically three or four of the aforementioned topics”.
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