More than a month after Queen’s Brian May publicly asked Donald Trump to stop using the band’s 1977 hit “We Are the Champions,” the Republican National Convention went ahead and used it as his walk-on music prior to introducing his wife, Melania.
In early June, May—who was Queen’s guitarist and who composed several of the band’s hits, although not this particular one—posted an item on his personal website saying that he had received “an avalanche of complaints” about Trump’s use of “We Are the Champions” in connection with his presidential campaign.
May said that “it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool. Our music embodies our own dreams and beliefs, but it is for all who care to listen and enjoy.” He also said the group was looking into steps to stop the use of the song.
The song was composed by Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991. Mercury was gay and it might be seen as somewhat ironic that the 2016 Republican Party platform includes among other things provisions opposing the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage, support for agencies that deny adoption to same-sex couples, and supports legislation allowing businesses to discriminate. The Human Rights Campaign has called it the “most overtly anti-LGBTQ platform in history.”
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