Entertainment ‘Has-Beens’ Jump On The Bandwagon After Trump Banned From Using Pharrell Williams’ Songs
Hot on the back of the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings and Pharrell Williams subsequent banning of President Donald Trump from using any of his music, a plethora of aging ‘has been’ musicians and performers has crawled out of the woodwork to follow suit sending ‘cease and desist’ letters through their lawyers to the president.
Despite Trump’s less than subtle hint to the Jewish community that ‘these people brought it on themselves’ for not having gun toting guards on every door, the brutal murder of 11 innocent worshipers and the wounding of many more by the ultra-right wing racist Robert Bowers has brought condemnation worldwide.
Williams’ lawyer sent Trump his banning letter after the president played the musician’s worldwide success hit song ‘Happy’ at an event in Indiana last weekend just hours after the mass murder of the Jewish attendees at the Pittsburgh synagogue.
Howard King, Williams’ lawyer, was quoted as saying in his letter to Trump, “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.” The letter went on to ban Trump from using any of Williams’ back catalogue without prior permission.
The sending of this letter has created a wave of publicity and it is this that has flushed out a bunch of ‘nearly or actually deads’ from the entertainment world, all hoping to revitalize their ailing careers from the publicity generated by banning Trump from using their material.
First out of the traps was the lawyer representing the estate of master crooner, the late Bing Crosby, who hammered out a ‘cease and desist’ letter banning Trump from using Crosby’s mega-hit ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’ at any of his KKK sponsored rallies ‘down in the deep south.’
The Sir Paul McCartney’s lawyer sent one off to Trump strictly forbidding the President from using his song ‘Let ‘Em In’ due to Trump’s alleged association with Putin, and Putin’s propensity so send assassins to kill his enemies by smearing ‘unknown substances’ on their front doors.
Others followed hot on the heels, the most outrageous coming from a law firm representing the two British puppets, Pinky and Perky. The lawyers for this long defunct UK marionette dual act threatened legal action against the President should he ever use any of their music at his rallies, with specific bans on Trump exploiting without their specific permission either their 1990 record ‘Give Us a Kiss for Christmas’ which reached #79 in the UK charts, or their 1993 UK chart entry, ‘Reet Petite’ which peaked at #47.
Soon after, lawyers representing other entertainers started to fire off ‘cease and desist’ threatening letters to the president. The most outrageous of these came from the law firm representing the long dead UK music hall performer ‘Fartin’ Martin’ who was famous for being able to reproduce a note perfect renditions of the Star Spangled Banner using controlled ‘bottom burps.’ In this letter, Fartin Martin’s lawyers banned the President from breaking wind in public if there was any associated sound emitted that was within two octaves above or below middle ‘C.’
“The president is taking these letters very seriously indeed,” Sarah Huckleberry Hound Sanders told the gathered press at a White House briefing, “He is dealing with every one in person.”
When pressed by the ever present cub reporter from the UK comic ‘The Beano’ as to exactly how, Ms. Funbags said, “He usually takes a few with him when he needs to go to the restroom.”
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