Right before President Donald Trump’s appearance at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Sunday night, pop star Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” was played. But when Rihanna learned that her 2007 hit was played, she took to Twitter to show disapproval of her songs being featured at Trump rallies.
Phillip Rucker, political analyst covering the rally, tweeted “Currently, Rihanna’s ‘Don’t Stop the Music‘ is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it.”
But Rihanna responded, “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!”
The Barbadian singer can’t vote in the United States but that doesn’t stop her from raising voice. She has been a vocal critic of Trump. Previously, RiRi has criticized the president for his response to Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico. She also called him an “immoral pig” after he signed an executive order banning citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States in January 2017.
Last week, another artist Pharrell had sent a cease and decease letter to Trump after he played his song “Happy” at a rally right after the mass shooting at a Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
As reported by media, the letter read, “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.”
The same day as Rihanna lashed out against Trump, Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses frontman did the same. “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,” Rose tweeted.
RiRi’s political stance was quite strong this week. She promoted Andrew Gillum, candidate for Governor of Florida and urged the citizen of Florida to vote. She took to Instagram to show her support for Gillum, “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!”