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Kristin Lai

We're already deep into election season here in the U.S. and those hoping to become the country's next president are arming themselves to garner the votes from all corners of the country. While plenty of celebrities are more than happy to give the candidate of their choice an endorsement, others are making sure their names stay far away from certain campaigns.

The old saying goes that there's no such thing as bad press. But when it comes to politics, the rich and famous are extremely selective in which candidate is worthy of using their name and works for their campaign. Here are a few celebrities who are less than thrilled to have politicians using their names in the media.

R.E.M. and Donald Trump

The most contentious candidate in the Presidential race, Republican Trump reportedly played their famous song 'It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)' at an anti-Iran deal rally last month, prompting the band to call him out.

Through the Twitter of bassist Mike Mills, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe took to the website to make it known, loud and clear, that he did not authorize Donald Trump's political campaign to use their music.

They later posted the following notice onto their Facebook to make sure that their fans are sure to take a closer look at politics overall.

Post by REMhq.

Neil Young and Donald Trump

R.E.M. wasn't the only musical group to take issue with Donald Trump using their music for his campaign. Canadian music legend Neil Young also wasn't too happy with Trump after using his song 'Rockin' in the Free World' to announce his presidential candidacy.

Young released the following statement through his management company saying that he never gave authorization to Trump to use the song, and really hit the point home by giving an official endorsement for Trump's opposition, Bernie Sanders.

Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.

Jeb Bush and Melissa Benoist

Melissa Benoist who is currently playing Supergirl in the new CBS show, recently responded to a comment from Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush saying that she was "pretty hot."

While she doesn't seem totally put off by the whole situation, her reaction doesn't reflect particularly positively on Bush. She said:

You know, I don’t know what to think about it. I'm glad he’s excited to watch the show.

She then goes on to say that while everyone can take something from the show, she really wants to reach young girls and be a role model for them.

All in all, this isn't anywhere close to the level of shade being thrown by some of these celebrities. But a brief act that might have been an attempt to make Jeb Bush seem more relatable might have just made him seem slightly off-base in his comments.

Axwell Ʌ Ingrosso and Marco Rubio

Another Republican candidate, Marco Rubio, was also under fire from the group Axwell Ʌ Ingrosso, comprised of former members of the electronic group Swedish House Mafia after he used their track 'Something New' for his campaign kickoff in Miami.

The group later spoke to Business Insider revealing that Rubio did not ask their permission to use the track, and that they don't want anyone using their music for their campaign.

Axwell Ʌ Ingrosso didn't give their permission for this song to be used and don't want to be affiliated with a particular party during the upcoming presidential race.

With a stage as widely viewed as a Presidential campaign, I think that maybe politicians should make sure they have the a-okay before going ahead with using someone else's works.

(Source: EW, Rolling Stone)


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