Rihanna is the latest in a slew of celebrities to use her platform to raise awareness of the upcoming midterm elections. The pop megastar called on her social-media followers to “make history” by electing Andrew Gillum, Florida’s Democratic nominee as governor of the state. If elected, Gillum would be the first black person to fill the position.
Days after Rihanna urged voters to support candidates taking a stand on critical issues and to cast ballots in favor of Amendment 4 – an act that would restore voting rights to an estimated 1.4 million convicted felons in Florida who have completed their sentences, with the exception of those convicted of murder or sex offenses – the singer has condemned President Trump for using her music without permission.
Rihanna made it clear that Trump would no longer be able to play her songs at his rallies after The Washington Post’s White House bureau chief Philip Rucker alerted her to the fact Trump had been soundtracking his political messages with a single from her 2008 album Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded.
“It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one – Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics. Currently, Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it,” Rucker said via Twitter.
Not for much longer…me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip! https://t.co/dRgRi06GrJ
— Rihanna (@rihanna) November 5, 2018
Rihanna promptly retweeted and replied: “Not for much longer… me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up Philip!”
The singer’s anti-Trump pledge follows the news that Pharrell Williams is suing him for playing “Happy” at a rally hours after the recent Pittsburgh shootings. Adele, REM, Aerosmith and the estate of Prince have also blasted his misuse of their music in the past.
This article first appeared on Vogue.co.uk