When Rihanna caught wind of her song "Don't Stop the Music" being selected to play at a Trump rally at the University of Tennessee, she was not pleased. An analyst named Philip Rucker tweeted, "Currently, Rihanna's 'Don't Stop the Music' is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Tump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone's loving it."
Well, not everyone. Rihanna replied, "Not for much longer ...me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip!"
Axl Rose joined with Rihanna in lambasting the president's musical selections. "Just so ya know... GNR like a lot of artists opposed to the unauthorized use of their music at political events has formally requested r music not b used at Trump rallies or Trump associated events," the Guns N' Roses frontman tweeted the same day as Rihanna's response to Rucker.
Trump also ran afoul of Pharrell recently, whose legal team issued a cease and desist letter when Trump played the song "Happy" at one of his rallies. The rally was taking place mere hours after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.
Rihanna's public life has been politicized in the days leading up to the midterm election. She has endorsed Andrew Gillum for Florida Governor, commenting on Instagram, "The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida's first!"