- President Donald Trump tweeted an edited video of him crashing the 2020 Democratic debate on Thursday
- Sharon Osbourne condemned the use of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” in the video on her Instagram
- Ozzy joins a long list of musicians that have requested Trump to no longer use their music
Sharon Osbourne fired back at President Donald Trump on Thursday after he tweeted out a video showing him crashing the 2020 Democratic debate while the 1980 Ozzy Osbourne hit “Crazy Train” played in the background.
Trump Crashing The Democratic Debate
In the video, MSNBC coverage of the Democratic debate is interrupted by technical difficulties before the screen goes black. As the screen begins to light up, a silhouette of Trump can be seen from a prior rally as he comes out to speak at a podium. The tweet received 42,767 retweets and 142,374 likes.
Sharon Osbourne’s Response To Trump’s Democratic Debate Video
Later in the day, Ozzy’s wife Sharon Osbourne responded to the video of Trump crashing the Democratic Debate on her Instagram. In her response, Osbourne said Trump’s use of the song was “unauthorized,” stating the video amounts to a “Trump/Pence political ad.” Osbourne went on to claim they are sending notices to the Trump campaign forbidding them from using any of “Ozzy Osbourne’s music in political ads or political campaigns.” Osbourne ended the post by making several suggestions on other songs to use by other artists known to be more fond of the president.
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Sharon Osbourne statement, on behalf of @OzzyOsbourne, about @realDonaldTrump’s unauthorized use of Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” in what amounts to a Trump/Pence political ad. “Based on this morning’s unauthorized use of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” we are sending notice to the Trump campaign (or any other campaigns) that they are forbidden from using any of Ozzy Osbourne’s music in political ads or in any political campaigns. Ozzy’s music cannot be used for any means without approvals. In the meantime, I have a suggestion for Mr. Trump–perhaps he should reach out to some of his musician friends. Maybe #KayneWest (“Gold Digger”), @KidRock (“I Am the Bullgod”) or @TedNugentofficial (“Stranglehold”) will allow use of their music.
A Long List Of Bands That Have Requested Trump No Longer Use Their Music
Before the Democratic debate video, Steven Tyler gave Trump multiple warnings for using Aerosmith songs at rallies. Tyler had to send Trump a third cease and desist letter in August 2018 after hearing “Livin’ on the Edge” played before a rally. Tyler’s claim that the use of the song was unauthorized did not stem from political reasons. In a statement from Tyler he stated he does not allow anybody to use his music without permission.
This is not about Democrats vs. Republicans. I do not let anyone use my songs without my permission. My music is for causes not political campaigns or rallies. Protecting copyright and songwriters is what I’ve been fighting for even before this current administration took office. This is one of the reasons why Joe and I have been pushing the Senate to pass the Music Modernization Act. NO is a complete sentence.Steven Tyler
Tyler had given Trump two prior cease and desist letters in 2015 during his campaign for president. The band requested Trump not use Aerosmith’s song “Dream On.” Trump responded in two tweets. In the first tweet Trump claimed he had “the legal right to use Steven Tyler’s song.” In his second tweet, Trump stated his use of the song got Tyler more publicity “than he’s gotten in ten years.”
The Rolling Stones
In 2016 The Rolling Stones asked Trump as a presidential nominee to cease from using their music after he played “Start Me Up” when he left the stage following a victory speech when he won the Republican nomination. The British rock band said in a statement they never gave Trump permission to use the song.
The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately.The Rolling Stones
In 2015, Trump used the Band R.E.M.’s song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” at an anti-Iran deal rally. The band went on Facebook to make it clear they do not authorize or condone the use of their music at political events. In an additional response on Twitter, Mike Mills — R.E.M.’s bassist — called Trump’s campaign a “moronic charade of a campaign.” A phrase he quoted from the band’s frontman Michael Stipe.
In 2016 Trump played Queen’s “We Are The Champions” on the first night of the Republican National Convention. The band said use of the song was unauthorized and ended up having Trump banned from using their music at events. Performing rights organizations (PROs) allow venues and events to purchase the rights to play song catalogs. BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC are the three PROs that cover the majority of music in America. With BMI — Queen’s PRO — musicians are allowed to request their music be pulled from a politician’s catalog if they do not want to be associated with the politician. After BMI sent a letter to Trump on Queen’s behalf he was no longer allowed to use their music.
George Harrison Estate
Again during the Republican National Convention, as Ivanka Trump took the stage the George Harrison-penned classic “Here Comes the Sun” was played. The Harrison estate called the use of the song “offensive” and “against the wishes of the George Harrison estate.”
The Trump campaign caught the attention of Neil Young after playing “Rockin’ in the Free World” after the rally announcing his presidential bid. Young immediately asked Trump to stop using the song on the campaign trail. The musician claimed Trump was not authorized to use the song, while a spokesperson for Trump argued they had acquired the necessary publishing rights. Following the dispute, Young later said there were no hard feelings and that he could use the song if he had obtained the proper license.
The fact that I said I was for Bernie Sanders and then [Trump] didn’t ask me to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ doesn’t mean that he can’t use it. He actually got a license to use it. I mean, he said he did and I believe him. So I got nothing against him. You know, once the music goes out, everybody can use it for anything. But if the artist who made it is saying you never spoke to them, if that means something to you, you probably will stop playing it. And it meant something to Donald and he stopped.Neil Young
Luciano Pavarotti Estate
In 2016 the family of Luciano Pavarotti said the late opera singer would not have approved of Trump using Giacomo Puccini’s aria “Nessun Dorma”, or “None Shall Sleep” during his election campaign. In a statement the immediate family stated the values Pavarotti held throughout the course of his career were “entirely incompatible with the world view offered by the candidate Donald Trump.”
As members of his immediate family, we would like to recall that the values of brotherhood and solidarity which Luciano Pavarotti expressed throughout the course of his artistic career are entirely incompatible with the world view offered by the candidate Donald Trump.Luciano Pavarotti Estate
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump used Adele’s “Skyfall” as part of his pre-rally. Trump also used the Grammy Award-winning artist’s song “Rolling in the Deep.” Adele made it clear she did not support the Trump campaign using her music. A statement from Adele spokesperson Benny Tarantini stated the singer did not give permission for any political campaign to use her music. When asked if the Trump campaign was asked to stop using her music, Tarantini responded with “we have no further comment.”
Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.Adele Spokesperson Benny Tarantini
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose had words for Trump after he played the band’s hit song “Sweet Child o’ Mine” in 2018. Following the use of the song, Rose tweeted that Trump had been “formally requested” to no longer play their songs at his rallies because the band was “opposed to the unauthorized use of their music at political events.” In a series of tweets, Rose explained the band had been alerted by fans that Trump was using the song. Rose also claimed Trump was only able to use the band’s music through a “loophole” and referred to the Trump campaign as “shitbags.”
The Prince estate requested Trump stop using the song “Purple Rain” last year during pre-Election Day rallies. Prince’s half-brother Omarr Baker addressed the situation in a tweet where he stated the Prince Estate had never given permission to President Trump or the White House to use the late artist’s songs. The Prince Estate requested they cease all use immediately.
Despite The O’jays 1974 international hit “For The Love Of Money” being used as the theme song for “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice,” founder Eddie Levert did not condone Trump using the song for his politics. That is why Levert and fellow O’Jays requested Trump stop using their 1972 single “Love Train.” While Levert said he wished Trump the best, he did not believe he was the man that could bring the country the change it needed. In the end, Levert requested Trump to stop using his voice as he did not condone what he was doing.
They got on me about it, said I got enough money from him so now I can kick dirt in his face. But I have a right to like what I like. I have the right to pick the people I want to follow and want to be associated with. I’m for change, but I don’t think [Trump] is the guy who will take us to the change he was talking about. All I hear from him is ‘we’re gonna build a wall’ and ‘Hillary Clinton is a crook.’ What the hell? I never hear anything about how we’re gonna make America great again, just that we are. I wish him the best, but I don’t think he’s the man to run our country. So when he started using ‘Love Train,’ I called him up and told them, ‘Listen, man, I don’t believe in what you’re doing. I’m not with you. I don’t want you to use my voice. I’m not condoning what you’re doing.Eddie Levert To Billboard
Last year — after Robert Bowers killed 11 worshippers in the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh — Trump played Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” at the Future Farmers of America event in Indianapolis. It was one of two rallies the president attended that day, with the second being a Make America Great Again rally in Murphysboro, Illinois. Attorney Howard E. King sent a letter to Trump on behalf of Williams stating there was no permission given for the use of the artist’s song. King wrote, “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”
Dear Mr. Trump: We write you on behalf of our client, Pharrell Williams, composer and performer of the hit song ‘Happy.’ On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana. There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose. Pharrell has not, and will not, grant you permission to publicly perform or otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music.Howard E. King
Sir Elton John
It is no secret that Trump loves the music of Sir Elton John, but it appears that love may be a one-way street. During his 2016 campaign, Trump would use John’s hit songs “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer” during campaign events. A publicist for John confirmed that John did not endorse Trump and there was never permission given to use his songs in “any official capacity.”
Elton’s music has not been requested for use in any official capacity by Donald Trump. Any use of his music should not be seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump by Elton.Publicist For Elton John
After receiving a tip-off that “Don’t Stop the Music” was being played at a Trump-associated rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee last year, Rhianna took to her Twitter to show her disapproval of the use of her song. Rhianna retweeted a tweet from Phillip Rucker that read “Currently, Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it.” The singer’s response was, “Not for much longer…” Rhianna went on to say she and her people would never be “at or around one of those tragic rallies.”
Earth, Wind & Fire
Once again during the Republican Convention in 2016, Earth, Wind and Fire in a tweet stated Trump had used their song “September” without the proper authorization. The band’s Twitter retweeted a tweet from Queen the night before that read, “An unauthorized use at the Republican Convention against our wishes.” According to Billboard, the house band played a “lukewarm” rendition of “September” when Donald Trump was formally nominated as the GOP nominee.
During the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, Twisted Sister found themselves at the center of a national debate after Trump used the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” The story behind the band having the song pulled from Trump’s playlist was a bit complicated for several reasons. According to a piece written for Forward by the band’s manager and guitarist Jay Jay French, singer Dee Snider was put in an awkward place. Snider defended Trump’s use of the song, saying regardless of what you think of him, he is an outlier who bucks the system. So in a way, at least to Snider, he represented the band’s message of rebellion.
The band was also in an awkward position because Snider appeared as a contestant on “Celebrity Apprentice.” Along with being on the show, Trump helped Snider raise a lot of money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. While the song has become one of the most licensed songs in the world for TV shows, commercials and movies, the band never “officially” allowed the song to be used in politics. That is mainly due to the band’s core politics always being “all over the map.” The band decided the song needed to be pulled from the Trump playlist. Snider asked in a private conversation for the song to be removed.
Over the past 20 years, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” has become one of the most licensed songs in the world for TV shows, commercials and movies. But because the band’s personal political leanings have always been all over the map, we have never allowed the song to be “officially” used by any political group, left or right.
Therefore, with the band’s full support, Dee asked, in a private conversation, that the song be withdrawn from the Trump playlist.
Jay Jay French Manager And Guitarist For Twisted Sister
It didn’t need the press. It didn’t need public shaming. But our song stopped getting played and didn’t become the anthem of the Trump campaign.