Village People’s Victor Willis—higher often called the police officer within the group he co-founded—has spoken out about Donald Trump utilizing the band’s music at his political rallies. In an interview with BBC News, Willis stated that the group had requested the Trump marketing campaign to cease utilizing their songs at his occasions. Watch the quick interview beneath.
In the clip, Willis notes that the marketing campaign is legally allowed to make use of the music by means of the identical licensing agreement that is allowed Trump to make use of music by Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, and Prince, regardless of protests from artists or their estates. “I don’t endorse Trump, I’ve never endorsed Trump, nor has the Village People,” Willis stated. When an anchor requested Willis what he thought of Trump’s dancing, Willis laughed and stated, “Donald Trump does what Donald Trump does. I’ve never seen him actually put his hands up and make the YMCA. He’s changed it to M-A-G-A or something.”
In addition to “YMCA,” the Trump marketing campaign has additionally used the group’s 1978 single “Macho Man” at rallies. Willis co-wrote each songs. On Saturday Night Live final week (October 24), a Weekend Update section centered with regards to Trump and the Village People, with Kenan Thompson showing in Willis’ normal position.
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