A Grammy-nominated musician has changed his stage name following Donald Trump’s shock US presidential election win.
Trumpeter Nico Segal previously used the stage name “Donnie Trumpet”, but will now play under his birth name because he does not want to be associated with the controversial President-elect.
“What began as a joke, a silly play on words, is not funny anymore,” he wrote on Facebook. “I don’t want to be connected to Trump’s hateful tone or his hurtful message. I don’t want to be misrepresented or misunderstood. Trump’s beliefs are not mine.”
Segal is a member of The Social Experiment, a band whose lineup also includes with Chance The Rapper. He plays with the rapper on his solo tours too.
“From this point on, call me Nico,” Segal continued in his Facebook post. “I am proud to be part of a multicultural family, from the great City of Chicago. I am grateful for the diversity of friends and family who have taught me and believed in me and encouraged me. I couldn’t stand to ever hurt them, or you.”
“Thank you for understanding. Peace, please, and so much love,” he added.
The world of music has largely responded in shock and horror to Trump’s victory in the election on Tuesday (November 8).
Lady Gaga took to the streets outside Trump Tower in New York City in protest after it emerged that the billionaire businessman had defeated Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, Robert De Niro has addressed previous comments he made about wanting to punch Trump in the face. “I can’t do that now. He’s the president and I have to respect that position,” he said during an interview on Jimmy Kimmel’s US chatshow.
Parks And Recreation favourite Leslie Knope has even written an open letter to Americans in a bid to help them better understand Trump’s victory.