Following in the illustrious footsteps of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe threw a fit over Fox News’ use of the band’s “Losing My Religion” during its DNC coverage. R.E.M. issued a statement calling for Fox News to “cease and desist.” Stipe took the opportunity to don his trademark pretentious pants:
“We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there.”
“Puff adder reportage”? Well! That’s a slap in the face to Fox News if we ever saw one! Many of R.E.M.’s fans agreed and thought the cease-and-desist was just ducky:
http://t.co/qu1x0Pum REM tells Fox News to quit using their song in a way that is pig ignorant of what it's about.
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) September 7, 2012
— Melissa Lake Moran (@melissa_lake) September 7, 2012
— Raquel Adams (@raqueladams) September 7, 2012
— John Grazide (@Jbox415) September 7, 2012
A salute to Michael Stipe and R.E.M. for standing up to the music thieves at the Fuckwit Noise channel. “We have… http://t.co/yhCLO8gD
— ILIWIWUITMABOIP (@4MoreYrsReElecO) September 7, 2012
— Nioshii (@Nartist) September 7, 2012
R.E.M. tells Fox News to stop using their music: "Our music does not belong there." http://t.co/eBrOxtjL OH SNAP.
— Lily Bolourian (@LilyBolourian) September 7, 2012
— Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) September 7, 2012
Hey, Republicans, please just enjoy the silence or stick with Ted Nugent or Megadeth songs. http://t.co/D7o9qaI8
— More Humans (@morehumans) September 7, 2012
R.E.M telling Fox News to fuck off is the best thing I've read today.
— Marc Ellerby (@MarcEllerby) September 7, 2012
Poor rightwingers – musicians always demanding they stop playing their songs. Now it's REM vs Fox News: http://t.co/i3CZ38p2
— sarahlane (@sarahlaneSF) September 7, 2012
— Matthew Cooper (@matt02392) September 7, 2012
— Sohrob Tahmasebi (@sohrob) September 7, 2012
— Lisa Needham (@snipy) September 7, 2012
@LeaningLeftward Way To Go R.E.M! You're amazing music does NOT belong on a station of HATE!
— Lara Schultz (@lara_schultz68) September 7, 2012
— Kara (@InSepiaTone) September 7, 2012
— Julia Dahl (@juliadahl) September 7, 2012
It disgusts me that the filthy, lying #GOP were trying to use a great R.E.M. song to further their racist, homophobic agenda.
— Tracy (@angstytimelord) September 7, 2012
Not everyone was so enamored of Stipe and the band. In fact, they seemed pretty “meh” about the whole thing:
— FlyingRedChair (@FlyingRedChair) September 7, 2012
— Rschrim (@Rschrim) September 7, 2012
— Lisa De Pasquale (@LisaDeP) September 7, 2012
@Spectricide THUS, R.E.M. will collect their profits from Fox while at the same time pretending sanctimonious indignation
— Jeff Douglas (@Boomerjeff) September 7, 2012
— Bob ن (@BobHicks_) September 7, 2012
Something tells us Fox won’t be hurting too much. Maybe they’ll even give R.E.M. the “Red Eye” treatment.
We sure hope so!
This afternoon, Fox News kicked R.E.M. right smack in the whiny pants:
Fox News fires back at REM in ‘Losing My Religion’ cease-and-desist fight http://t.co/ZV0yvUyQ
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) September 7, 2012
“FOX News Channel’s use of an R.E.M. song during Thursday’s edition of ‘Fox & Friends’ was in full accordance with its license agreements with all appropriate parties,” a Fox News representative said. “Nevertheless, we’re always flattered to have this much attention for a song selection and we hope R.E.M. was able to satisfy their publicity fix.”