In a recent political ad gearing up to his 2020 re-election campaign, US President Donald Trump used Ozzy Osbourne‘s iconic song ‘Crazy Train’ as the backing track, and allegedly without permission.
The video was issued out on Twitter by Trump himself, opening with footage of the technical difficulties that marred Wednesday’s first Democratic primary debate and pairs it with the intro to Osbourne‘s 1980 hit. Eventually, the video fades to black and reemerges with footage of Trump walking up to a podium.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2019
The news of Trump‘s use of Ozzy Osbourne‘s music without consent came when his wife, Sharon, issued a statement in which she stated that the President is “forbidden” from using any of his music in any “political ads” or “political campaigns.”
“Based on this morning’s unauthorized use of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” we are sending notice to the Trump campaign (or any other campaigns) that they are forbidden from using any of Ozzy Osbourne’s music in political ads or in any political campaigns. Ozzy’s music cannot be used for any means without approvals. In the meantime, I have a suggestion for Mr. Trump–perhaps he should reach out to some of his musician friends. Maybe Kayne West (“Gold Digger”), Kid Rock (“I Am the Bullgod”) or Ted Nugent (“Stranglehold”) will allow use of their music.”
Though some people have responded to Sharon Osbourne‘s statement issued on Twitter (here), stating that the video was created by a supporter and not by Trump or his campaign, the argument is that as Trump has issued the video out himself directly, he has by extension endorsed its unauthorised use and has done so to advertise his re-election campaign.
It’s also worth noting that in her statement, Sharon Osbourne has forbidden “any campaign” from using Ozzy‘s music in their political ads, which would include other political parties and candidates, not just Trump alone.
The song ‘Crazy Train’ features on Ozzy Osbourne‘s debut solo album, ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’, which was released in 1980.