If there's one thing you can say about Canadian politicians, it's that they just can't get enough Nine Inch Nails.
NIN's iconic logo recently got political when Alberta premier Rachel Notley, Edmonton mayor Don Iveson and Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi parodied it on a T-shirt to publicize their political alliance (their surname initials are N-I-N).
Twitter users roundly decried the shirt as "lame," to which one of them responded, "That's why it's funny." Touche.
Unfortunately, it seems someone repping for NIN wasn't as taken with the humor. When Mayor Iveson sat down for an Edmonton radio interview on Monday, he admitted (with a laugh) that he was advised by his attorney to steer clear of the NIN shirts.
"We got advice that there were some concerns about the trademark and essentially to cease and desist," Iveson said.
Billboard reached out to Iveson's office and an NIN rep to confirm that a cease-and-desist letter was sent. We had not received comment from either at press time.
Too bad! A band whose signature hit is about "f---[ing] you like an animal" is perfect political fodder.