Tom Petty’s Family Issue Cease and Desist Letter to Trump Campaign

Petty’s iconic song was used at the Saturday evening rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Part of the statement read, the family "does not stand for this."

In a clear rejection of the Trump agenda, the family believes the Trump campaign is divisive and is unwilling to unify the whole country. It reads, "the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination." They feel Petty wouldn't want his song to fuel hate but "bring people together." The song comes from ’s 1989 Full Moon Fever solo album in which he delivered a powerful yet inspirational message to listeners to persist through hard times. 


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The family says that they respect all their fan's rights and free will to vote whomever they please. "We believe in America and we believe in democracy" they add. 

Tom Petty died in 2017 due to a drug overdose, and the family is trying to avoid any political backlash that could isolate their fanbase among disgruntled minorities who would judge them as complicit. The Twitter statement was shared on behalf of Annakim, Jane Petty, Danna, and Adria

Thus far, several other artists have issued cease and desist notices to the Trump campaign, among them are  Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Adele, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Pharrell, Guns N’ Roses, R.E.M’s Steven Tyler, and Rihanna.  

The Trump campaign was expecting massive crowds at the Tulsa rallies, but the June 20 rally had many empty seats. According to the local fire department, the attendance was at 6,200. The arena has a maximum capacity of 12,000. It is believed that users of TikTok and other K-pop groups, registered for thousands of free tickets prior to the event so as to raise expectations then fail to appear. An overflow podium set outside was canceled as the expected numbers failed to materialize. 

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June 23, 2020
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