New York, Feb 2: Pop superstar Adele today lodged objections as Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump played her music on the campaign trail. Trump, an apparent fan of Adele who was spotted at her concert in November in New York, has regularly played her hit “Rolling in the Deep” at his rallies. “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” a statement from the singer’s spokesman said.Also Read - Both Sides Planning For New State-By-State Abortion Fight
Adele, whose blockbuster success has been attributed to her ability to attract audiences across wide demographic lines, did not mention Trump by name. Adele in the past has declared herself as a staunch supporter of the Labour Party in her native Britain although — in a potential area of common ground with Trump — she has complained about the heavy tax bill since becoming rich. US candidates, especially on the right, have repeatedly faced a backlash when playing well-known songs. (ALSO READ: WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus spread) Also Read - Abortion Rights at Stake in Historic Supreme Court Arguments
Trump earlier in his campaign played Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” and R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” triggering furious protests from the artists known for their left-leaning views. But Trump today picked up an endorsement of sorts from one prominent musician. Azealia Banks, the New York rapper who like Trump is fond of heated exchanges on Twitter, offered a backhanded compliment as she said she planned to vote for Trump. “I think Donald Trump is evil like America is evil and in order for America to keep up with itself it needs him,” Banks wrote in a series of late-night tweets. Also Read - Supreme Court Set to Take Up All-Or-Nothing Abortion Fight
Yet Banks — an African American woman who in the past has accused the music industry of double standards and declared her hatred for “fat white Americans” — also offered more straightforward praise for Trump. She said that the real estate tycoon “is the only one who truly has the balls to bust up big business.” Referring to the Democratic candidates, she said: “Just because Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders say nice things about minorities doesn’t mean they actually mean them.” Trump during his campaign has accused Mexican immigrants of being rapists and called for a temporary ban on all foreign Muslims entering the United States.