Yesterday (June 16) Donald trump announced he is running for president in a lavish display of Americana and, uh, interesting quotes, complete with a soundtrack worthy of your dad's record collection. But, turns out, his use of Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" to kick-off his campaign wasn't exactly kosher with the singer.
Young's team released a statement saying that Trump was "not authorized" to use the song, later penning a post on Facebook to set the record straight, while giving us a little taste of his own politics.
"Music is a universal language," Young wrote in the June 17 post. "So I am glad that so many people with varying beliefs get enjoyment from my music, even if they don't share my beliefs. But had I been asked to allow my music to be used for a candidate - I would have said no."
He went on to explain that he does not vote in the U.S. (he's Canadian) and isn't really a fan of the political systems we have in place anyway — particularly the way money and big businesses influence the government: "The money needed to run for office, the money spent on lobbying by special interests, the ever increasing economic disparity and the well funded legislative decisions all favor corporate interests over the people's."
Young is no stranger to activism, his newest album "The Monsanto Years" covers a lot of issues surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOS) in food and modern farming (Monsanto being the company followed in the documentary "Food Inc") and their effect on the environment.
"I do not trust politicians who are taking millions from those corporations... I trust people," Young wrote. "So I make my music for people not for candidates."
Trump's campaign manager replied to the original statement earlier today, telling Fox News that "Through a licensing agreement with ASCAP, Mr. Trump’s campaign paid for and obtained the legal right to use Neil Young’s recording of ‘Rockin' In The Free World.'"
Although, he added, that "really rich" dude Trump still "likes [Neil Young] very much."