The Dropkick Murphys, Tells Gov. Walker, “We Literally Hate You”

Punk rock bands have always been strongly opinionated, which could lead for sense of stubbornness and arrogance by the rest of the entertainment community.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took the stage last Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, while the Dropkick Murphy’s song “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” played in the background. The band heard that the politician used their song, and that is when they took to twitter to directly tweet at the governor, “please stop using our music in any way…we literally hate you !!! Love, Dropkick Murphys.”

The Dropkick Murphys started as a local band from Quincy, Massachusetts, they have always supported the working class and has been a voice for the blue collar man. They strive and support the union class and do not agree with Governor Walker’s initiatives to effectively end collective bargaining for public workers in Wisconsin.

That is why they tweeted the message that they did; they did not want to be associated with a politician who they did not support or believe in, and this is not the first time they have done this. In 2012 they asked Jeff Fitzgerald who was the Wisconsin Assembly Speaker to not play the song as well at his State GOP Convention.

The band has no intentions of suing the politician or bringing any matters to court, they just feel that, “The bottom line is: when a politician uses our music to walk out to, for better or worse, it brands us with that person. We feel that we have the right to ask to not be associated with certain events or people — we don’t think that’s too much to ask. This isn’t a legal issue to us — we’re not looking to sue someone.”

Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP


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