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.
— Mike Mills (@m_millsey) February 15, 2019
HuffPo reporter Yashar Ali later noted that the video was no longer available to view.
Looks like REM (or their publisher) has filed a takedown notice with Twitter. The video that POTUS tweeted is no longer available. pic.twitter.com/9IzmPkNfHa
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 16, 2019
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.
— R.E.M. HQ (@remhq) February 16, 2019