Tom Petty’s Family Slams Trump Over Use of ‘I Won’t Back Down’ at Tulsa Rally

Tom Petty’s family is slamming Donald Trump over the use of the late rocker’s classic song “I Won’t Back Down” during the president’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday (June 20).

In a statement issued shortly after the rally, Petty’s estate and rights holders — daughters Adria and Annakim, ex-wife Jane, and widow Dana — announced that a cease-and-desist notice had been issued to the Trump campaign.

“Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” reads the statement, which was shared on social media.

“I Won’t Back Down” appeared on Petty’s 1989 solo debut, Full Moon Fever. The song peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Trump had not addressed the cease-and-desist notice on social media as of press time.

The statement adds that Petty and his family “firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind,” and that the late musician wouldn’t have approved the song’s use for Trump’s “campaign of hate.”

“Tom wrote this song for the underdog, for the common man and for EVERYONE,” the family wrote. “We want to make it clear that we believe everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like, but the Petty family doesn’t stand for this. We believe in America and we believe in democracy. But Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideals of either. We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has been called out for using music without permission. Numerous other artists have asked the president to cease-and-desist from using their music at his events, including R.E.M. (“Everybody Hurts,” “Losing My Religion”), Rihanna (“Don’t Stop the Music”), Pharrell (“Happy”), Guns N’ Roses (“Sweet Child o’ Mine”) and Steven Tyler (“Livin’ on the Edge”), among many others.

K-Pop Fans and TikTok Users Claim They Derailed Trump Rally Attendance

What was touted as a massive campaign rally for Donald Trump with a million ticket requests for the event turned out to be a bit of a bust. Instead, the president’s gathering at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday (June 20) was attended by a little more than 6,200 people in a 19,200-seat stadium, according to Forbes.

All the empty sets in the upper level, the cancellation of president and vice president’s outdoor speeches to “overflow” attendees, and general low turnout may be in part thanks to fans of K-pop and TikTok users, according to multiple reports.

Per The New York Times, after the Trump campaign announced on TikTok that supporters can get free tickets to the rally by registering via their phones, K-pop fans shared the information and urged others to sign up and be no-shows.

In a TikTok video that has since been liked more than 707,000 times, user Mary Jo Laupp encouraged her followers to do just that. “All of those of us that want to see this 19,000 seat auditorium barely filled or completely empty go reserve tickets now and leave him standing alone there on the stage,” she said in the video.

Elijah Daniel, another protest participant, told the paper, “K-pop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance where they spread information amongst each other very quickly. They all know the algorithms and how they can boost videos to get where they want.”

Boasted a K-pop fan on Twitter after the low turnout, “we did it ya’ll.”

One parent on Twitter also shared that her son is friends with some of the Korean pop music fans who participated:

Laupp, 51, told NYT, “There are teenagers in this country who participated in this little no-show protest, who believe that they can have an impact in their country in the political system even though they’re not old enough to vote right now.”

Later on Saturday, Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted that “radical protesters” and “apoplectic media coverage” were to blame for the lower than expected number of attendees at the rally. (Live footage from the event that aired on CNN showed few protesters around the stadium, and those who were there were peaceful. And ahead of the event, medical experts repeatedly warned that having a major indoor event in the midst of a pandemic could cause COVID-19 cases to spike.)

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York responded to Parscale, tweeting, “Actually, you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID.”

AOC then added: “KPop allies, we see and appreciate your contributions in the fight for justice too [smiley face emoji]”

This would not be the first time that fans of K-pop have utilized social media to help magnify causes. Earlier in June, as the hashtag “White Lives Matter” began trending on Twitter in response to “Black Lives Matter” after the police killing of George Floyd, K-pop fans flooded the internet with photos, memes and videos of their favorite performers with the various anti-Black hashtags to suppress the #WhiteLivesMatter messages.

And after BTS announced their support for the Black Lives Matter movement as well as their $1 million donation to the cause, the group’s fans — known as BTS ARMY — utilized social media to encourage fans to also donate. Only one day after kicking off their own campaign, the BTS ARMY met their goal to match BTS’ $1 million in donations.

As reports spread on Sunday that K-pop fans and TikTok users may have played a part in leading to low attendance at Trump’s rally, the hashtag #tiktokteens became the No. 2 trending topic on Twitter, and the No. 1 topic in Google search trends. See what people are saying:

P!nk Mocks Attendance Numbers at President Trump’s Tulsa Rally

P!nk wasn’t impressed by the visibly empty balcony seats at President Trump’s campaign rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday (June 20).

The 40-year-old pop superstar, who has performed at the approximately 19,000-capacity arena, mocked the rally’s attendance numbers in a biting tweet.

“I think I sold that same place out in five minutes #donkeyshow,” P!nk tweeted in reaction to a televised CNN report discussing the smaller-than-expected crowd at the rally.

“I don’t know, there’s a lot of people dressed as seats. Maybe they’re all in catering,” she sarcastically commented while watching the news clip.

Indeed, P!nk sold out the BOK Center during her Beautiful Trauma Tour in 2018, according to Billboard Boxscore. The singer last played the arena on March 5 of that year.

Trump’s rally in Tulsa, his first in months amid the coronavirus pandemic, marked the relaunch of the his re-election campaign for the upcoming election.

The president had planned on speaking to an expected overflow crowd outside of the BOK Center, but that decision was canceled over speculation that the crowd was too small. Trump campaign officials blamed the cancellation on protestors outside of the arena.

Father’s Day 2020: Pepe & Angela Aguilar, Plus More Famous Dad-Children Duos

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in these talented families whose musical genes have been passed on from generation to generation.

Over the years, we’ve seen Latin music icons (and fathers) like Antonio Aguilar, Vicente Fernández, Marco Antonio Solís and Ricardo Montaner share the spotlight with their children who followed suit and are making a name for themselves in the industry.

Some have even shared the stage serenading fans of both generations, like Alejandro Fernández’s memorable performance alongside his daughter Camila Fernández during the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Or when Marco Antonio Solís brought out his three daughters to join him onstage to sing a medley of songs a few years back at L.A.’s Nokia Theater.

In celebration of Father’s Day (June 21), check out unforgettable moments between dads and their children singing together onstage, others cheering them from the audience or a video that showcases the talent inherited from their fathers.

Antonio & Pepe Aguilar

Pepe & Angela, Leonel Aguilar

Vicente & Alejandro Fernández

Alejandro & Camila, Alex Fernández

Julio & Enrique, Julio Iglesias Jr. 

Ricardo Montaner & Ricky, Mau & Evaluna 

Los Tigres del Norte’s Hernán Hernández’s sons started their own band called Suenatrón: 

Don Pedro & Jenni, Juan Lupillo Rivera

Marc Anthony’s daughter, Emme: 

Marco Antonio Solis – Beatriz Adriana, Marla & Alison Solis

Emilio Estefan’s daughter, Emily Estefan: 

Father’s Day 2020: ‘Mi Viejo,’ ‘Algo Le Pasa A Mi Heroe’ & More Latin Songs For Dad

With Father’s Day in full swing (June 21), we’ve put together a list of sweet dad-related Latin songs you can dedicate to your papá on this special occasion.

The heartfelt list includes Vicente Fernández’s ranchera version of the father anthem “Mi Viejo” to the surprising bolero “Flor” by Los Rivera Destino featuring Benito Martinez a.k.a Bad Bunny, and beyond.

In celebration of Father’s Day, Victor Manuelle revamped his tune “Algo le pasa a mi héroe,” dedicated to his father who suffered and passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2018. The new version heard below features Kany Garcia, Tommy Torres, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Pedro Capo, and Noel Schajris.

“June is a very important month for me because of Father’s Day and my dad’s birthday, June 1,” Manuelle said in a statement. “After his birthday, I got the idea. I couldn’t believe that I was able to get five legends together so quickly to not only record the audio but also the video, from their homes while we maintain social distancing. The physical separation doesn’t diminish the feeling that comes through; it’s as if we had recorded it together in the same studio.”

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad figures out there!

“Mi viejo” – Vicente Fernández

“Hoy tengo qué decirte papá” – Timbiriche

“Algo le pasa a mi héroe” – Victor Manuelle

“Amigo” – Roberto Carlos

“Qué falta me hace mi padre” – Antonio Aguilar

“A él” – Oscar D’León

“Quizás” – Enrique Iglesias

“Ese que me dio la vida” – Alejandro Sanz 

“Esta es pa’ mi viejo” – Espinoza Paz

“A mi padre” – José Luis Perales

“Flor” – Los Rivera Destino ft. Benito Martinez 

“Menti” – Alejandro Fernandez

“Para Ti Papá” – Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes

“Tu Sangre En Mi Cuerpo” – Angela Aguilar ft. Pepe Aguilar

“Toca La Guitarra, Viejo” – Alex Zurdo