Two days ago it was reported that GOP loud-mouth Newt Gingrich was sued for using Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” during campaign rallies. Now Mitt Romney has gotten a slap on the wrist via Twitter from Somalian-Canadian rapper K’naan for using his song, “Wavin’ Flag.”
After a Huffington Post reporter tweeted the song selection, the Toronto-based MC responded on Twitter stating: “Yo @mittromney I am K’naan Warsame and I do not endorse this message.” Mitt Romney has not responded.
It’s a curious selection for Romney. While the title of the song makes sense, the track is actually about the socio-economical plight of K’naan’s war-torn homeland of Somalia. Hard to imagine Romney rolling up to a rally with the lyrics, “”violent prone, poor people zone/But it’s my home, all I have known” blasting overhead. It’s particularly awkward since just this morning Romney was quoted as saying that he is “not concerned with the very poor.”
No word whether K’naan will take legal action to get Romney to stop using the track. Since the rapper is actually a Canadian citizen he might have a bit more trouble than Survivor.
Update: Here is K’naan’s official statement:
“I have not been asked for permission by Mitt Romney’s campaign for the use of my song. If I had been asked, I would certainly not have granted it. I would happily grant the Obama campaign use of my song without prejudice.”
Check out K’naan perform “Wavin’ Flag” in-studio on Canada’s Q TV:[Spinner]