R.E.M. objected to the use of their hit “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” as Donald Trump took the stage at a Capitol Hill Tea Party rally on Wednesday to protest President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.
“While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here,” the group said on its Facebook page. “The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current presidential campaign.”
“Go f— yourselves, you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry, little men,” Stipe said. “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”
Trump appeared at the rally at the invite of rival presidential candidate Ted Cruz, according to CNN. A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign said that they did not organize the event or select the music.
The event was organized by Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of America, according to a press release for the gathering.
Earlier this week, the group Survivor objected to the use of their song “Eye of the Tiger” at a rally for Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Jim Peterik, co-writer of the song, said on Twitter that his publisher would issue a cease and desist order.