Pharrell Williams is not so ‘Happy’, and threatens to sue President Trump for using his song.
Singer and artist Pharrell Williams has sent a cease-and-desist letter to President Donald Trump after the president played Williams’ 2014 smash hit “Happy” at a political event, just hours after nearly a dozen people were gunned down in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
“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,” Williams’ lawyer wrote in the letter. Williams’ legal team noted that the use of the song was not only poorly timed, but in violation of “copyright infringement” and “trademark rights.”
“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 read.
This is not the first, or second, time Trump is being sued for song choices at his political events.