On Saturday, Donald Trump played Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” at a Midwest rally just a few hours after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. The artist has sent a cease and desist letter by his lawyer to the president to express his contempt toward Trump’s decision to play the track.
“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,” his attorney Howard 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.”
WOWZA. Check out this cease and desist sent by Pharrell Williams to Donald Trump for using “Happy” on “the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings,” as the letter puts it. pic.twitter.com/Mst83Vp0kO
— Eriq Gardner (@eriqgardner) October 29, 2018
King continues to inform Trump that Williams hasn’t and won’t grant him permission to publicly use his music, and claims that the use of “Happy” without the artist’s consent is copyright and trademark infringement.
Donald Trump has also received a cease and desist from other artists like Steven Tyler, Prince’s estate, R.E.M., Queen, and the filmmakers of Air Force One.