Neil Young is speaking out against Donald Trump for using his music during the president’s Mount Rushmore event in South Dakota.
The 74-year-old rocker, an outspoken critic of Trump, took to Twitter on Friday night (July 3) to express his frustration after discovering his classic songs “Rockin ‘in the Free World” and “Like a Hurricane”. Independence Day celebration.
“This is not okay with me,” wrote Young in response to a “Rockin ‘in the Free World” video playing in the background at the event.
The Canadian musician, who became an American citizen earlier this year, responded to a second clip that showed “Like a Hurricane” playing, writing: “I am sympathetic to Lakota Sioux and that is not okay with me”.
Mount Rushmore is located in Black Hills, South Dakota, which is a sacred area for the Lakota Sioux. Native American protesters tried to block the president’s path to the event.
This is not the first time Trump has been called on for using music against artists’ wishes. In June, Tom Petty’s family spoke out against the use of classical music by the late rocker “I Won’t Back Down” during the president’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Many other artists have also asked the president to stop using his music at his events, including REM, Rihanna, Pharrell, Guns N ‘Roses and Steven Tyler.
Young has been fighting Trump for the use of “Rockin ‘in the Free World” for the past five years. Trump, whose campaign bought a license for the song, played “Rockin ‘in the Free World” after announcing his plans to run for president in 2015.