Village People leader Victor Willis has asked U.S. President Donald Trump to stop playing Y.M.C.A. and Macho Man at political rallies.
Trump’s use of the tracks was highlighted by social media users after videos of him dancing to the hits went viral online earlier this month.
In an interview with BBC News, Willis said that the group have objected to Trump using their tracks — although he admits legally they cannot stop him due to licensing agreements.
“I don’t endorse Trump, I’ve never endorsed Trump, nor has the Village People,” he said. “Donald Trump does what Donald Trump does. I’ve never seen him actually put his hands up and make the Y.M.C.A. He’s changed it to M-A-G-A or something.”
The footage of Trump has become so widely ridiculed, it was highlighted by Saturday Night Live last week
On Saturday Night Live last week, a Weekend Update segment focused on the subject of Trump — in a segment in which Keenan Thompson played Willis, singing a version of Y.M.C.A. that demanded he stops playing the song.
Other musicians who have objected to Trump’s use of their music include Elton John, Neil Young, and The Rolling Stones, with representatives of the estates of Tom Petty, and Prince also raising objections.