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Pharrell Williams Is Outraged After His Song 'Happy' Was Played At Trump's Rally On The Day Of The Shooting In Pittsburgh

Date October 30, 2018 18:26

On Saturday, a horrific mass shooting shook the nation. Eleven people were gunned down at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The perpetrator of the attack, identified as Robert Bowers, was apprehended and is in custody.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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On Saturday night, vigils were held across the country to honor the victims.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Prominent Democrats and Republicans alike condemned the attack. Leaders of other countries, including Israel, expressed their condolences. The nation mourns, but the political life can't stand still. With midterms just a week away, many politicians, including President Trump, continue to hold rallies. Maybe it would be appropriate to make them more solemn?

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Pharrell Williams sends a cease and desist letter to Trump

Pharrell William’s song, 'Happy', was played at President Trump’s rally in Indiana on Saturday, the Daily News reported. Naturally, the singer was outraged. According to the Daily News, William’s attorney sent Trump a cease and desist letter containing the following words:

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Well, the choice to play that song at a rally on the day of a horrific mass shooting wasn’t very thought-through. But people’s opinions about the letter are divided.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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How people reacted

Some Twitter users praised the singer:

It seems Trump supporters think their leader is infallible because here’s what some of them wrote:

Anyway, these squabbles pale into insignificance if we take time to think about what happened on Saturday. This is a time to mourn the loss of innocent lives and think long and hard about what can be done to prevent such terrible hate crimes. The rest can wait.

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