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R.E.M & UMPG Force Twitter To Remove Video Meme + Trump Tweet

R.E.M & UMPG Force Twitter To Remove Video Meme + Trump Tweet

R.E.M in concert in Padova. Credit: Stefano Andreoli
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(CelebrityAccess) – The members of R.E.M went head to head with a bunch of Trump supporters on Twitter this past weekend and won.

The band and their publishing company Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) became outraged after a meme video, which featured the R.E.M song “Everybody Hurts” over shots of politicians including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, gained so much traction online that President Trump retweeted it.

Taking notice of this, both R.E.M and UMPG demanded that Twitter remove the offending video from its service with the band’s official account Tweeting a call to action for Congress and the media to “ghost this faker!”

In a rare turn of events, Twitter actually removed the Tweet completely, pulling the original video and any retweets containing the video, including from President Trump’s timeline, from its service Saturday morning.

R.E.M. is not the first act to try and distance itself and its music from Trump. Artists including Rihanna, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Pharrell Williams, Elton John, and others have all publicly requested their music not be associated with Trump’s rallies in any way.

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