Lawyers for Pharrell Williams have sent an angry cease and desist letter to President Donald Trump, after it was reported that he played the artist’s single ‘Happy’ at a rally just hours after the recent tragic shooting at the Tree of Life congregation shooting in Pittsburgh.
It is reported that Trump played the track at the Future Farmers of America rally in Indiana just hours after 11 people were killed as they worshipped in the Pittsburgh synagogue on a Saturday morning.
“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” wrote Pharrell’s attorney Howard King, as reports The Hollywood Reporter.
“There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”
The letter continues to add that Williams has not and will not grant Trump permission to publicly perform or play any of his music without being in brach of copyright and trademark infringement.
The rally saw Trump describe the shooting “evil anti-semitic attack” that was an “assault on all of us”, yet he drew criticism for his choice of music and making a joke about having a “bad hair day”.
During his speech to the Future Farmers of America, Trump entered to the song “Happy;” joked about cancelling tonight’s rally because he‘s having a bad hair day; and used the anti-Semitic "globalist" dogwhistle hours after a mass shooting at a synagogue.pic.twitter.com/u8ANgnWzzE
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