Michael Stipe Lashes Out at Candidates for Using R.E.M. Tune

By Chris Leo Palermino | Digital Trends

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R.E.M. has a major beef with two outspoken GOP politicians using their music— namely Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. And the iconic band isn’t pulling any punches.

“Go f–k yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe wrote via bassist Mike Mills’ Twitter account. “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”

The harsh words came after Trump and Cruz played R.E.M.’s 1987 hit It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) as an opening song during a rally criticizing President Obama’s recent nuclear deal with Iraq yesterday afternoon.

It’s certainly not the first time a musician has publicly lashed out at Trump for using their music. When Trump used Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World at his presidential nomination earlier this summer, the musician called out Trump for using his music without authorization. In response, the Republican presidential candidate agreed not to use Young’s music again — and apparently simply moved on down the line to another high-profile group of liberal rockers.

“We won’t be using it again,” Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said to Rolling Stone in regards to Young’s rebuke. “There are plenty of other songs to choose from, despite the fact that Mr. Trump is a big fan and likes Neil very much. We will respect his wish and not use it because it’s the right thing to do.”

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Originally entitled: “R.E.M. Frontaman Lashes Out at Trump, Cruz for Using Their Music”

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  1. 1480862878892224@facebook.com' Lania Shortt says:

    Yay stipe!!!!! Give em hell!!!!

  2. 10153653477378055@facebook.com' Melinda Biddle says:

    go get em!!!

  3. 1495853847378556@facebook.com' Heather Gonzales says:

    LOOK AT THOSE FACES!! LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE COUPLE TURDS HOVERING UNDER THEIR NOSES!!

  4. 10154110838538943@facebook.com' Sonny San Pedro says:

    Let them pay royalties.

  5. 10207345327009460@facebook.com' Ryan Clemens says:

    ???????

  6. 1144380295591536@facebook.com' Edie Davenport says:

    Sue them assholes!! Trump should know better about using something that isn’t his without permission. Mr Trump, YOURE FIRED!!!!

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