After Pittsburgh, Pharrell Demands Trump Never Play ‘Happy’ Again

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President Donald Trump, photographed on October 27, in Murphysboro, Illinois. The President was criticized by the artist Pharrell for using his hit composition “Happy” during a rally held the same day as a massacre that in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
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“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 [sic]. 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.” Trump appeared at two events that day: a Future Farmers of America convention in Indianapolis and a Make America Great Again rally in Murphysboro, Illinois. According to The Washington Post, “Happy” was played at the Future Farmers event.

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