[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Donald Trump, though a conservative, is a fan of the ultra-liberal Neil Young’s music. However, after Trump used the rocker’s famous song, “Rockin’ in the Free World,” at a campaign event, the Canadian singer blasted Trump for using his song.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]However, there’s more to the story as Trump has revealed that Young came to the billionaire for money, despite blasting supposed “corporate interests” and money-making politicians.
“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” a statement from Young’s management company read. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”
On June 17th, 2015, Young stated on Facebook,
Music is a universal language. so I am glad that so many people with varying beliefs get enjoyment from my music, even if they don’t share my beliefs.
But had I been asked to allow my music to be used for a candidate – I would have said no.
I am Canadian and I don’t vote in the United States, but more importantly I don’t like the current political system in the USA and some other countries. Increasingly Democracy has been hijacked by corporate interests. The money needed to run for office, the money spent on lobbying by special interests, the ever increasing economic disparity and the well funded legislative decisions all favor corporate interests over the people’s.
It seems, however, that Young is totally against supposed capitalist greed… unless he’s the one benefiting from it.
Trump revealed that the rocker had come for money to finance his high-resolution music service, Pono and tweeted a picture of him meeting with the billionaire.
.@Neilyoung A few months ago Neil Young came to my office looking for $$ on an audio deal & called me last week to go to his concert. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2015
If Mr. Young wishes to serve as a staunch socialist, that’s fine. If he wishes to serve as a shining example of capitalism, that’s fine, too. What reeks of hypocrisy, however, is Young’s willingness to vilify capitalists and those who would dare to use his song without permission while, simultaneously, sucking-up to the same venture capitalist, hoping to solicit money from this oh-so-vile billionaire.
If you’re going to lecture and assume some sort of moral superiority with regards to money’s supposed destructive influence, Mr. Young, the least you can do is walk the walk.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]