The villagers requested Trump to cease taking part in “YMCA” in rallies, says singer
Village People’s Victor Willis – better known as the cop in the group he co-founded – spoke to Donald Trump about the band’s music at his political rallies. In an interview with BBC News, Willis said the group had asked the Trump campaign to stop using their songs at its events. Check out the short interview below.
In the clip, Willis notes that the campaign is legally allowed to use the music through the same licensing agreement that allows Trump to use music by Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and Prince despite protests from artists or their estates. “I don’t support Trump, I never supported Trump, nor did the villagers,” said Willis. When an anchor asked Willis what he thought of Trump’s dance, Willis laughed and said, “Donald Trump does what Donald Trump does. I’ve never seen him actually raise his hands and do the YMCA. He changed it to MAGA or something. “
In addition to “YMCA”, the Trump campaign also used the group’s 1978 single “Macho Man” at rallies. Willis co-wrote both songs. On Saturday Night Live last week (Oct. 24), a weekend update segment focused on the Trump theme and the villagers, with Kenan Thompson starring in Willis’ usual role.
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