Donald Trump is facing the ire of Bad Gal Riri. According to Entertainment Tonight, a journalist alerted Rihanna to the fact that the sitting president is using her material at his rallies. Well, Rihanna being Rihanna, she assured her Twitter followers that it wouldn’t be happening for very much longer.
Washington Post journalist Philip Rucker let his own followers know that President Trump’s Tennessee rally in Chattanooga was following the usual Trump M.O. It was a complete spectacle, with T-shirt cannons, loud music, and the crowd eating up everything the atmosphere had to offer. Well, he let Rihanna know that “Please Don’t Stop the Music” was playing and she was none too pleased.
Just an hour after his post, Rihanna issued her own Tweet, saying that she was working to make sure it wouldn’t happen again.
“Not for much longer…me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies,” she wrote. “So thanks for the heads up Philip!”
Vulture reports that at least 10 musicians have publicly denounced their music playing at Trump events, like Steven Tyler, Adele, and even the estates of late artists Luciano Pavarotti and Prince, and some have gone so far as issuing cease-and-desist orders. Entertainment Weekly notes that “most musicians assign their rights to perform their music to a performance rights organization (PRO), from whom venues and events can then license the songs.” That means that sometimes, things are out of their control when it comes to where and when their music is played. Axl Rose, who is also working to keep Trump from playing his music, says that the administration is using loopholes to play the music they want.
Rihanna’s statement continues her recent involvement in American politics. Over the weekend, she used Instagram to urge Florida voters to head to the polls in support of gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.