R.E.M. Gets Trump SOTU Video Featuring ‘Everybody Hurts’ Taken Down

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Members of the American rock group R.E.M from L Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck poses for media during a photocall in London, 27 April 2001. The group are in London to promote their ... LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Members of the American rock group R.E.M from L Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck poses for media during a photocall in London, 27 April 2001. The group are in London to promote their newly released album and to play at the Freedom day concert at Trafalgar square, 29 April. AFP/Odd ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 16, 2019 11:24 am
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R.E.M. wants President Donald Trump’s hands off their music, thank you very much.

The publisher of the rock band asked Twitter to remove a video Trump tweeted of his State of the Union speech that included their hit song “Everybody Hurts” late Friday night, according to CNBC. The video was originally created by pro-Trump Twitter account @CarpeDonktum.

Mike Mills, the band’s bass guitarist, called the makers of the video “assholes” when he first caught wind of it and asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to take it down.

HuffPo reporter Yashar Ali later noted that the video was no longer available to view.

CNBC confirmed on Saturday that a lawyer for Universal Music Publishing Group successfully got Twitter to remove the video.

Meanwhile, R.E.M.’s official Twitter account made their feelings about Trump crystal- clear.

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