Pharrell Williams Threatens Legal Action Against Trump For Playing “Happy” Song After Mass Shooting

Pharrell did NOT hold back!

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Donald Trump has had the most pathetic, heartless response following the mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Not only has the president refused to denounce hatred and show the country any sort of presidential action or response, but the president has actually stated he would like to “tone it up” when asked if he would soften the hateful rhetoric that has inspired so many hate crimes and mass shootings.

The president also appears to be completely unaffected by tragic incidents in the country. Just hours after the deadly shooting, Trump was laughing and cracking jokes at his rally. He even played Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” — which was completely inappropriate considering what had just transpired. And now, he’s going to pay for it.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that playing that song was a terrible move. Now, Williams is going after Trump for using his song during such an inappropriate time and has sent the president a brutal cease and desist letter. Williams called the president out in a letter written by his attorney, Howard King:


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.”

King also wrote that Williams does not, ever, give Trump permission to use his music and says that Trump’s using “Happy” without any consent from him is both copyright and trademark infringement.

You would think Trump would have learned by now — the president has received many cease and desist letters from musicians from artists such as Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Prince’s estate, R.E.M., Queen, and more. Then again, what the hell does this president know about consent?

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