Brendon Urie says 'f**k you' as Trump campaign uses his music, urges Americans to 'vote this monster out'
Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie said, 'Donald Trump represents nothing we stand for'
Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco slammed President Donald Trump for using the band's music for his election campaign. In an upfront, concise tweet he posted on June 24, the 'Victorious' singer wrote, "Dear Trump Campaign, F**k you," adding, "You’re not invited. Stop playing my song. No thanks, Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco & company."
The tweet is Urie's response after Trump walked onto the stage at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona while Panic! At The Disco's 2018 'High Hopes' played through the speakers.
In the thread of this tweet, Urie wrote, "Dear Everyone Else, Donald Trump represents nothing we stand for. The highest hope we have is voting this monster out in November." He then pointed followers to a link of the non-partisan organization, HeadCount', saying, "Please do your part." HeadCount is a national non-profit "that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy," according to their 'about page', which also says, "We reach young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – to inform and empower."
Fans on Twitter are supporting Urie for his tweet, saying, "You tell em king" and "I love this song! And I love your tweet!" A fan says, "The fact that he actually got on Twitter for this makes me so happy lmao" while another writes, "Brendon you and everyone involved with Panic! are the best." Fans are also questioning whether Trump falls in his legal rights to use the song for the campaign, saying, "Literally though!! Don’t they need his permission or something??" and "Trump's running out of songs to play at his campaigns, he'll have to either play dubstep songs without copyright or yummy by Justin Bieber."
For Urie followers, the singer's tweet is not the first time he has been vocal about his disdain toward the president. In an interview with NME in 2018, Urie called Trump a "toxic orange." In his criticism, he said, “Why couldn’t you have just stayed a menial celebrity? We love laughing at you, but not when you’re just breaking our country down, dude.” He also called Trump “poisonous” and “the worst” in the interview.
The same year, when Panic! At the Disco’s album 'Pray for the Wicked' released, Urie spoke about Trump at the "iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Panic! At The Disco'. According to Variety, Urie expressed disgust for Trump and his "zero tolerance" immigration policy. “Everyday it’s like another dumb piece of sh– thing that he just did,” Urie said, adding, “Like this pimp sh– that he just did where he set up the means to separate kids and put them in detention centers — in cages — like animals, and then signed the order and said, ‘I did this. I got rid of it.’ It’s like, ‘No, motherf—er. You made the order.’ That’s evil — that’s actual evil.”
Check out our Pandemic Playlist on Brendon Urie, which includes 'High Hopes', here.