While protesters took to the streets across the country on Wednesday (Nov. 9) and artists like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry continue to comment and react to the election of former Apprentice star and real estate mogul Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke had an expectedly poetic reaction to the news.
In an early morning tweet posted just as the final results confirmed the news, Yorke did the only thing he could think to do: he posted the lyrics to Radiohead’s paranoid anthem that could be interpreted as a reaction to the anti-immigrant panic in Europe, “Burn the Witch.” The post included a link to the animated mob rules video and selection of smushed together lyrics: “avoidall eye contactdo not reactshoot the messengerthis.”
avoidall eye contactdo not reactshoot the messengersthis is a low flying panic attacksingthesong of sixpencethatgoes https://t.co/xm8Z5l8qQm
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) November 9, 2016
Yorke, who counts failed Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders as one of his 122 follows, followed up on Thursday morning (Nov. 10) with a re-post of the New Yorker‘s devastating reaction to the election results: “An American Tragedy.” The David Remnick piece, which opens with the line, “The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism.”
“In the coming days, commentators will attempt to normalize this event…” https://t.co/ZXzsYRQV6W
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) November 10, 2016