Rapper K'Naan angry at Mitt Romney
K'Naan will not be playing the Presidential Gala if Mitt Romney somehow gets elected to the White House.
The Somalian/Canadian rapper reportedly is upset at the Romney campaign's use of his song "Waving Flag" at events, and the Romney camp's announcement earlier today (2/3) that it would stop playing the song is unlikely to change his opinion on the candidate.
"Mitt Romney makes the sort of statements that are the antithesis of the very music that I make," K'Naan told MTV News Thursday, referencing Romney's now-infamous comment on CNN that he was "not concerned about the very poor," insisting that poor people in the United States were adequately covered through the existing safety net.
K'Naan had earlier issued a statement threatening legal action against the campaign if it continued to use the song. "I have not been asked for permission by Mitt Romney's campaign for the use of my song," he said in the statement. "If I had been asked, I would certainly not have granted it. I would happily grant the [President Barack] Obama campaign use of my song without prejudice."
The point became moot when Romney's side conceded the point today.
"The song was used through our regular blanket license, but we respect K'Naan's statement and will not use his music again," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told the New York Times.
The incident follows Survivor's filing of a lawsuit against Newt Gingrich earlier this week for the unauthorized use of "Eye of the Tiger" at campaign events.