Actress Elizabeth Banks took the stage Tuesday night at the Democratic Convention to Queen’s “We Are The Champions” — complete with fog-machine accompaniment — in a jab at Donald Trump’s entrance at last week’s Republican National Convention.
“When I tuned into Cleveland last week I thought, ‘Hey, that’s my act,'” Banks, who plays deranged host Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games” series of films, said.
The classic-rock group took the GOP to task for using its iconic tune “We Are the Champions” at the RNC in Cleveland last week. The song was played as Trump walked out on stage, prompting the Democrats to played it as Banks took the stage immediately following an unflattering video of the Republican presidential nominee.
In June, Queen guitarist Brian May asserted that the band never gave permission to Trump to use the tune and was seeking measures to prevent it happening again.
“I’ve had an avalanche of complaints — some of which you can see in our ‘LETTERS’ page — about Donald Trump using our We Are The Champions track as his ‘theme’ song on USA TV,” May wrote on his website. “This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue.”
Queen was not the first musical act to complain about Trump using its music. Artists such as The Rolling Stones, Steven Tyler and Adele have groused over the GOP candidate’s unauthorized use of their music.