WASHINGTON — In what’s becoming a familiar pattern, the band behind the song played at Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis’ rally Tuesday says they didn’t give permission for the use of their song — and they’re not happy about it.
Davis was released from jail on Tuesday after being held for five days for refusing to issue marriage licenses, citing her religious objection to same-sex marriage. Her emergence onstage at a rally in her honor was underscored by “Eye of the Tiger,” by the band Survivor.
On the band’s official Facebook page, someone identifying themselves as “fs” — presumably “Eye of the Tiger” co-writer Frankie Sullivan — wrote, “NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use” the song.
He went a little farther than that: “I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin!”
This isn’t the first time musicians have argued against their songs being used in public and politically charged events without their permission: Just this year, Neil Young issued such a statement about Donald Trump; Axwell and Ingrosso against Marco Rubio, and Dropkick Murphys against Scott Walker, Rolling Stone reports.