Mellencamp Puts Smackdown on NOM

 

 

Well, if it was good
enough for John McCain… no word on whether anti-gay organization will give up
using folk and rock artists’ music and switch to country and hip-hop….

 

By Blurt Staff

 

In an interesting report filed the other day at the Prop 8
Trial Tracker site
and penned by Kathleen Perrin, we learn that the right-wing
conservative, anti-gay organization National Organization for Marriage (NOM)
had been using John Mellencamp’s “Pink Houses” without authorization at its
rallies. Perrin reports that Mellencamp’s publicist Bob Merlis sent some pretty
specific correspondence to NOM about this:

 

I am getting in touch with you on
behalf of my client John Mellencamp who has become aware that his music (“Pink
Houses”) has been used at events sponsored by your organization. Please be
aware that Mr. Mellencamp’s views on same sex marriage and equal rights for
people of all sexual orientations are at odds with NOM’s stated agenda.


Back in 2008, we pointed out to the
McCain-Palin campaign that their use of Mr. Mellencamp’s music in campaign
events was puzzling in light of Mellencamp’s own political views which were,
largely, in opposition to those of these candidates. Immediately after we sent
notice to campaign manager Rick Davis, the McCain campaign had the good sense
to stop the use of Mellencamp’s music at their events. There’s an article about
this from the Washington
Post that I’ve pasted below.
[Perrin includes a link to that article here,
and additionally posts a short video clip of a NOM rally using the Mellencamp
music.]


We would encourage you to find music
from a source more in harmony with your views than Mr. Mellencamp in the future.

 

NOM is already notorious for having attempted to appropriate
Peter, Paul & Mary’s version of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,”
incidentally….

 

 

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