Saturday, February 16, 2019

R.E.M. Should Reform and Protest Trump

If there is one thing that should get your old band back together, it should be to protest Trump and raise money for Democratic candidates.

R.E.M have responded to the fact that President Trump used their music in a meme on Twitter.

Trump had posted a meme that positions his latest State of the Union address against down-cast looking politicians including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders. The post was soundtracked to R.E.M’s 1993 track “Everybody Hurts.”

However, the clip posted from Trump’s account has since been removed from Twitter.

And the band weren’t happy about the use of their 1993 hit, making their thoughts about the American president clear.

They tweeted: “World Leader PRETEND!!! Congress, Media–ghost this faker!!! Love, R.E.M.”

Given the way they ended their time as a band, I don’t think it is feasible or possible to expect anything from them beyond what we’ve just seen (which is plenty!).

Thank goodness they spoke out and said what they said.

As for a reunion, well, don’t count on it. To me, it just seems like there is nothing that could bring R.E.M. back together. But, if there was one thing that could, it would be a desire to reform and make new music solely with the purpose of opposing Trumpism. I could see that as a justification for properly getting back together, given the band’s long history of being aligned with common sense and decency.

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