'You can't be a president and a prostitute too': Jack White dedicates 'Icky Thump' to Donald Trump
In 2016, the White Stripes had made 'Icky Trump' T-shirts as a mark of protest against Trump's campaign, which used their song 'Seven Nation Army' without their permission
We all know that Jack White is one of the most prolific musicians out there, we also know that he is not afraid of making bold statements. And it looks like his boldness extends to politics too. While performing a headlining set at New York City’s Governors Ball on Friday night, White sent out a powerful political message by dedicating the seminal White Stripes song 'Icky Thump' to President Donald Trump with a small (but important) twist to the lyric.
Launching into the second verse of the song during the high-energy performance, Jack White belted out the lines "White Americans, what/ Nothing better to do/ Why don’t you kick yourself out/ You’re an immigrant too/ Who’s using who/ What should we do?" and paused for the crowd to fill in the rest of the verse with the classic line "Well, you can’t be a pimp/ And a prostitute too.”
In response to the crowd chant of the much-loved song's lyric, White paused to call out Donald Trump. “That’s for you, Trump! You can’t be a president and a prostitute, too, Trump!”
He then proceeded to chant "Icky Trump" over and over again, and the crowd seemed to enjoy it quite a bit judging by the response. Looks like Trump supporters are a minority group among Jack White fans and understandably so — White has been unabashedly vocal in his critique of Trump ever since the presidential elections kicked off in 2016.
Back in 2016, Jack and Meg White came together to issue a joint statement in opposition of Donald Trump after Trump used their song 'Seven Nation Army' without their permission for promotional purposes. At the time, The White Strips sold "Icky Trump" T-shirts as a sign of protest.
White also treated the NYC crowd to various other White Stripes hits, Raconteurs songs, and solo material old and new, including his experimental 2018 release, 'Boarding House Reach'. White is currently touring in support of the album, dates for which you can find here via his website. Check out our review for 'Boarding House Reach' here.
Check out fan-shot footage of White's song dedication to the President below. It is ironic that a fan managed to get this footage in spite of Jack White's controversial 'No cell phones at the concert' policy.