R.E.M Respond To Trump’s Use Of “Everybody Hurts” In A Meme


R.E.M have reacted after President Trump used their music for a meme on social media. The action has angered the band.

Trump had shared a meme that displays his latest State of the Union address against glum looking politicians including Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The post contained R.E.M’s 1993 song, “Everybody Hurts.”

Trump, R.E.M Respond To Trump’s Use Of “Everybody Hurts” In A Meme

According to the NME, the band were not pleased about the use of their 1993 hit, making their feelings about the US president clear. They tweeted: “World Leader PRETEND!!! Congress, Media–ghost this faker!!! Love, R.E.M.”

The meme shared from Trump’s Twitter account has since been removed from Twitter.The lyrics “World Leader Pretend” is a reference to the band’s 1988 track of the same name, which included the lyrics, “I raised the wall and I will be the one to knock it down.”

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It’s not the first time the band clashed with the president. In 2015, Trump used the group’s 1987 track, “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” during rallies

Stipe said at the time, “Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”

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