Tom Petty’s family isn’t cool with Trump’s use of ‘I Won’t Back Down’

'Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate.'
June 22, 2020 11:22 a.m. EST
June 23, 2020 2:20 p.m. EST
The family of Tom Petty has a major bone to pick with Donald Trump. The President of the United States used Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' famous song, “I Won’t Back Down” at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma over the weekend, and Petty’s two daughters, Adria and Annakim, his wife Dana, and his ex-wife Jane have released a  joint statement saying that not only was Trump’s use of the song unauthorized, but it’s also something Tom Petty never would have wanted.Posted to Tom Petty’s official Twitter account, the statement reads: “Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind. Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate.” They continued the statement, indicating that they plan to officially send Trump and his campaign a legal cease and desist notice. “Tom wrote this song for the underdog, for the common man and for everyone. We want to make it clear that we believe everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like, but the Petty family doesn’t stand for this. We believe in America and we believe in democracy. But Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideals of either. We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage. Concurrently, we have issued a cease and desist notice to the Trump campaign.”[video_embed id='1981919']RELATED: Poor turnout at Trump rally reportedly caused by TikTok users and K-pop fans [/video_embed]Tom Petty died in 2017 and since then, his family has taken on his platform to continue his legacy and fight for causes they (and the late singer would) believe in. A few months after his passing, the Petty family confirmed suspicions that his death was due to an accidental fentanyl overdose after being legally prescribed the drug for pain relief. Since then, the family has spoken out about the opioid crisis and need for more awareness and resources in the United States.The late "Free Falling” singer joins the ranks of others musicians like Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, R.E.M., Aerosmith, Neil Young, Adele and The Village People who have all opposed  Trump’s unauthorized usage of their music at his campaign events. Kid Rock remains an avid supporter of the current president.Trump’s Tulsa, Oklahoma rally over the weekend was reportedly vastly under-attended, with TikTok users apparently reserving tickets in droves to trick the campaign into believing millions of people wished to attend.[video_embed id='5858367604001']BEFORE YOU GO: Rihanna the latest artist to request her music not be played at a Donald Trump rally [/video_embed]

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