Rage Against the Machine are demanding that Nigel Farage rename his ‘Nigel Farage Against the Machine’ podcast.
The band sent the former politician a cease-and-desist letter that accuses Farage of ‘unlawfully exploiting’ the band’s name and logo without their prior knowledge or consent.
According to Pitchfork, the cease and desist reads: “As you should know, RATM has publicly denounced the type of right-wing ideology you espouse for decades. Your anti-immigrant rhetoric, lack of social compassion and barely disguised racism and xenophobia are the antithesis of what RATM stands for.
“Thus, your surprising attempt to associate yourself with RATM is wholly inappropriate and completely inexplicable, unless it’s part of some kind of bizarre cleansing ritual,” it continues. “Whatever the motivation, please stop. Stop using RATM’s name and logo, change the name of your podcast and find some other target to troll. We suggest President Trump.”
Farage is yet to publicly comment on the cease and desist.
Although the band originally split in 2000, they did return in 2007 for a series of reunion shows running until 2011. Their last full-length album was 2000’s ‘Renegades’.
“Nothing would make me happier than to be able to fuck shit up right now with Rage Against The Machine,” he said. “It’s just really a matter of getting us all on the same page.”
“If that will happen again or not, I have no idea, but I know at least the four of us are amicable and can talk to each other, and actually even go hang out on occasion, so I think more we just want to be friends first more than anything.”
“How many bands are around more than 5 years?”, Wilk added. “We’ve been around since 1991.”