Musicians, traditionally speaking, are a liberal old bunch, and they’ve enjoyed a long history of slamming right wing war-mongers in the political class.
The very real possibility of President Trump has got many in the US music world, from punk to pop, manning the barricades. Trump is, after all, the silliest neo-con nut-bar since Ronald Reagan, spouting the sort of ignorant, bigoted views on Mexicans, women and foreign nations that are usually only held by below-the-line commenters on MailOnline. Here are the ones who’ve been most vocal.
Madonna Madge showed her appreciation for Donald Trump by getting a piñata in his likeness for her 11-year-old son’s birthday. She also defended her friend Rosie O’Donnell after Trump doubled down on his ongoing feud with her. “Mess with my girl Rosie,” she tweeted, “and you’re messing with me!!! Cruelty never made anyone a winner.”
The rapper attacked the wildfowl that appears to have taken up residency on Trump’s head. “donald trump really has to step his toupee game up,” she Tweeted, “like, bitch, have u been wearing that shit ur whole life? its thin as fuck.” The unidentified creature has yet to comment.
“Go fuck yourselves, you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” Michael Stipe said in a statement tweeted by the band’s bassist Mike Mills after ‘It’s The End Of The World…’ was used at a Tea Party rally. “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.” Mills added “the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him.”
Undeterred, Trump kept on tugging the todgers of high-profile rock left-wingers. “Donald Trump was not authorised to use ‘Rockin in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” read a statement from Neil Young after Trump did exactly that. Young declared himself “a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”
Katy Perry During the first presidential debate, Perry voiced her support of Hillary Clinton on Twitter, quoting the Democratic nominee’s best comments to Trump – like “You live in your own reality” – and later appearing in a video encouraging people to vote, naked or not.
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Cher In August, Cher spoke at an event in support of Hillary Clinton in Massachusetts, where she voiced concerns for minorities should Trump come to power. “He doesn’t mean we want to ‘Make America Great Again,’” she said. “He means: ‘We want to make America straight and white’. He just says the weirdest shit… I just think he’s a fucking idiot.”
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Young’s CSNY bandmate Crosby summed up the above gaffes pretty succinctly: “Donald Trump has picked a fight with the wrong guy …bad idea.”
Ellie Goulding has called Trump “disgusting” and has denounced him several times over the last year. “Donald Trump is the worst I do not say that lightly,” she wrote in November 2015. In March 2016 she wrote “The Trump thing is surely beyond a joke now… I don’t fancy the apocalypse just yet :-(“
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Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong In an interview with Kerrang, the Green Day man compared Trump to Hitler. “The worst problem I see about Trump is who his followers are. I actually feel bad for them, because they’re poor, working-class people who can’t get a leg up. They’re pissed off and he’s preyed on their anger. He just said, ‘You have no options and I’m the only one, and I’m going to take care of it myself.’ I mean, that’s fucking Hitler, man!”
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