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- Posted on Jan 13th 2012 4:30PM by Jason MacNeil
"Got a phone call saying my version of True Colors was used in commercial trashing Romney," Lauper said in a string of tweets yesterday (Jan. 12). "1st, I never approved it. Not that I his a supporter, I'm not. But I wouldn't have wanted that song to be used in that way. I think...Whoever used my song should have asked, and 2, realized that Mr Romney can discredit himself without the use of my work. X cyn."
Shortly afterwards Lauper replied to a fan tweet adding she was so busy she didn't know the song was used in the ad but added the signature hit "was a healing song."
"He (Romney) is a political candidate for the Republican party," she said "Not my favorite, but u should look all of them up and know what's up."
Lauper said her and her people were "checking it out and will have it taken off" which they did later Thursday evening. "Ok, so the add was on the Internet," she tweeted "It's taken down. Shown on (morning TV talk show) The Veiw.. Too bad Whoopi's number was in my lost phone. Would have called her."
There's no confirmation as to who was responsible for the ad or their affiliation but a Jan. 12 tweet by Mitch Stewart, the Battleground States Director for Obama for America, contained a YouTube clip as well as a link to the ad. "Cyndi Lauper has never spoken truer words. Please RT," the tweet says. "'True Color...' This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by SME (Sony Music Entertainment)," a message reads when the link is clicked on.
Candidates using rock songs isn't new. Last month Kid Rock gave Romney permission for the candidate to use his 'Born Free' song as his official campaign song. "He and everyone else who wants to use my song do not need my permission," Rock said at the time in a statement. "I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate."
Also in 2011 Tom Petty issued a cease-and-desist letter to Michele Bachmann for her using 'American Girl' as a campaign song. In 2000 Petty's 'I Won't Back Down' was also used by George W. Bush which annoyed the musician.
Other songs used without permission include Bruce Springsteen 'Born In The U.S.A.' used by Ronald Reagan in his 1984 reelection campaign and Heart's 'Barracuda' which was used by Sarah Palin in 2008 which the group took issue with. Meanwhile Foo Fighters demanded John McCain stop using 'My Hero' the same year, saying it was "used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric..." McCain was also chastised for utilizing John Mellencamp's 'Pink Houses' during the same campaign. Mellencamp approved the song for Democratic candidate John Edwards in his failed 2008 run.
Lauper, who released her last album Memphis Blue in 2010, recently recorded 'Still I Rise,' a duet she did with Jon Secada.