Many artists, including Elton John, Rihanna, Neil Young and others, have let President Donald Trump know that they don’t want their music being used at his campaign rallies. But for Will.i.am, the problem is more specifically about the choice of song.
On Wednesday (Oct. 21), the Black Eyed Peas frontman tweeted out a clip of Tiffany Trump walking onto a stage at her “Trump Pride” event in Tampa Bay, Fla., over the weekend, dancing to the band’s 2009 smash hit “I Gotta Feeling.” Will.i.am didn’t ask the president’s daughter not to use his music, but rather to think more carefully about what song she was playing.
“@TiffanyATrump, I see that you walked out to #iGOTTAFEELING,” he wrote on Twitter. “But given the inequalities in America affecting LGBTQ, people of color and the disenfranchised, this song would have been more appropriate to walk out to…”
The clip then transitions into The Black Eyed Peas’ most recent video, a new version of their 2003 single “Where Is the Love?,” now simply titled “The Love,” featuring Jennifer Hudson. Throughout the video, the group offers slightly updated lyrics to the song, while also playing clips of Joe Biden speaking about the 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally.
“So the question for us is simple: Are we ready?” Biden asks in the clip. “I believe we are. We must be. We can choose a path of becoming angrier, less hopeful, more divided, a path of shadow and suspicion. Or, we can choose a different path and together, take this chance to heal.”
Will.i.am was not the first to call out Tiffany Trump for her rally over the weekend — many in the LGBTQ community criticized the president’s daughter for her 10-minute speech claiming that her father “has always supported all of you,” despite his administration’s continued rollbacks of protections for trans and queer people in the United States.
Check out Will.i.am’s response, and the Black Eyed Peas’ new music video, below.
.@TiffanyATrump, I see that you walked out to #iGOTTAFEELING…but given the inequalities in America affecting LGBTQ, people of color and the disenfranchised, this song would have been more appropriate to walk out to… https://t.co/Rcb36Wg2G9 #THELOVE pic.twitter.com/FzdwJrd4Zb
— will.i.am (@iamwill) October 21, 2020