Pharell Williams slams Donald Trump for blaring 'Happy' at rally on the day of synagogue shooting

Monica Otayza
Nov 01, 2018
07:54 A.M.
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Pharell Williams slams US President Donald Trump for playing his song entitled "Happy" during a Trump rally on the same day of a synagogue shooting. 

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Pharell Williams is not pleased with what had transpired recently at a Trump rally, that he felt the need to get his lawyers involved. An attorney hired by the pop star sent over a cease-and-desist order to President Trump for playing his song "Happy" at a political rally that happened on the same day as a tragic mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. 

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Los Angeles Times obtained the letter written by attorney Howard E. King, which stated:

“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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Eleven people that ranged from ages 54 to 97 were killed last Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue, where there were three separate services going on. The suspect was found to be Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old who was charged with 29 federal counts which included murder with a firearm and other hate crime charges. 

Meanwhile, Trump spoke at a political rally at an airport hangar in Murphysboro, Illinois on the same day, speaking about the event. 

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“This wicked act of mass murder is pure evil, hard to believe and frankly something that is unimaginable. Our nation and the world are shocked and stunned by the grief."

However, despite his statement, he was also heard to be joking around about the event, saying that he considered canceling it for having a "bad hair day". 

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The attorney ended his letter by saying that Pharell is the owner of the copyright to "Happy", and the president was not given permission to use it.

“Pharrell has not, and will not, grant you permission to publicly perform or otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music. The use of ‘Happy’ without permission constitutes copyright infringement.”

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