Trump decided to play “Happy” at a rally just hours after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.
On October 27, a gunman attacked Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing eleven innocent people.
Pharrell Williams’ lawyer sent President Trump a cease-and-desist order to stop playing “Happy” at his rallies, after he did so on the same day as the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting: “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Williams has responded by sending in a cease-and-desist letter addressed to Trump condemning the use of his song.
In the letter, William’s attorney, Howard King, wrote:
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. 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
Pharrell’s legal noted that the use of this song was not only poorly times but in violation of “copyright infringement” and “trademark rights.”
Pharrell joins the list of many artists who protested Trump for using their music at his rallies without their permission. Artists include Adele, Elton Jon, The Rolling Stones, and many others.