In documents sent by the band’s attorney and shared by The Blast, the group has reportedly stated that Farage’s use of the band’s name constitutes unlawful exploitation, citing that his “…anti-immigrant rhetoric, lack of social compassion and barely disguised racism and xenophobia are the antithesis of what RATM stands for.”
The utterly scathing cease and desist questions why someone with Farage’s views and opinions would even assosciate with a band that is renowned for being wholly against many of his ideologies in the first place.
Farage is a former leader and co-founder of the conservative UK Independence Party, and has been known to be rather outspoken on the topic of anti-immigration as well as being very critical of the European Union and in support of the UK leaving it with Brexit. The members of RATM are not having a bar of it, ordering an immediate end to his use of any of their likeness stating that, “implication of any endorsement by our client of you or your policies is particularly abhorrent.”
Failed right-wing British politician Nigel Farage has called his podcast ‘Farage Against The Machine’
— Rage Against The Machine (@RATM) March 10, 2018
Recently, Tom Morello, the band’s guitarist, suggested that it was a perfect time for the group to reunite in lieu of the state of the world’s political climate, so here’s hoping that it’s another firm push to make that reunion come to fruition.
If you miss those tasty RATM guitar hooks as much as we do, check out our Gear Rundown on Tom Morello here.
Image via Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.