A crowd of Trump supporters ran enthusiastically to the barricades as Macho Man by gay pop icons Village People blared on the loudspeaker as part of the president’s rally in Nevada, Vanity Fair reports.
Presumably the track was chosen to represent Trump, who has notoriously small hands, as a tough guy.
It’s ironic that the gay anthem was played at a Republican rally given the party’s record on opposing LGBTIQ rights.
In June, the only original member still with the Village People, asked that the Trump campaign stop using his music. “I ask that you no longer use any of my music at your rallies especially YMCA and Macho Man. Sorry, but I can no longer look the other way,” said founding member of the group, Victor Willis.
In the past, Willis took a more relaxed stand when it was reported that Macho Man was used as part of Trump’s entry music during an appearance in India.
“Our music is all-inclusive and certainly everyone is entitled to do the YMCA dance, regardless of their political affiliation. Having said that, we certainly don’t endorse his use as we’d prefer our music be kept out of politics,” read a statement on Facebook.
He appears to have changed his stance after Trump tweeted “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” back in June.
The Village People join a long list of acts who have asked the Trump campaign to stop using their music including Adele, Aerosmith, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Eddy Grant, Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Linkin Park, Luciano Pavarotti, Neil Young, Nickelback, Panic At The Disco, Pharrell Williams, Queen, REM and Rihanna, as well as the estates of Prince, Leonard Cohen and Tom Petty.
The Rolling Stones are reportedly taking legal action after their denial of permission to use requests were ignored.
For nostalgia watch the Macho Man video below.