Poor Eric Cantor. The House Minority Whip and one of Virginia’s Congressmen just can’t catch a break. Earlier this week, his office produced a YouTube video which described all the reasons he and other House Republicans voted against President Obama’s stimulus plan. The video was set to the tune of Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle”.
Now let’s set aside the appropriateness of an elected official associating himself with a song about a hooker for just a moment, because today, Talking Points Memo reported that Rep. Cantor didn’t have permission from Aerosmith to use their music in the video. You Tube removed the video at the request of Stage Three Music, which owns the publishing rights for the song.
Talking Points Memo quoted Connie Ashton, director of copyright and licensing at Stage Three as saying that Rep. Cantor’s use of the tune, “was something we, as the publishers, didn’t approve and would not have approved without going to the writers. Aerosmith did not approve of its use and also wanted to have it taken down”.
This episode follows one where Rep. Cantor’s office mocked the labor union AFSCME and its membership in a profanity laced You Tube video. While the Cantor aide responsible for that episode has since apologized, I don’t believe Rep. Cantor has yet. (Please let me know if I missed that.)
Perhaps this latest screw up from his office will merit a response from the Congressman or maybe Rolling Stone will update this post: “Stop Using My Song, Republicans!”: A Guide to Disgruntled Rockers. (The post reviewed the unauthorized use of music by Republicans during the 2008 election.)
Instead of waiting for Cantor or Rolling Stone to act, I would like to challenge you to suggest new theme songs for the House Republican Whip’s office to use in their next video.
Leave your suggestions below in the comments field.