Last week, footage of a crowd at a Trump rally in Mississippi circulated a painful image: hands waving to Prince‘s “Purple Rain,” as the track blared through the in-house PA.
According to Billboard, during that same rally, the president mocked Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed for a seat in the Supreme Court despite Ford’s account of being raped, and accusations of sexual assault from two other women.
The Prince Estate, however, is not having it. Responding via the venerable Dr. Funkenberry, the estate has issued a statement calling for Trump and The White House to “cease all use immediately.”
This is far from the first time an artist has barred the administration from the use of a composition. Both Neil Young and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler have sent cease and desist orders to The White House in recent years for playing their music at rallies.
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