The National respond to Mitt Romney's use of 'Fake Empire'
The National have responded angrily to the use of their song, “Fake Empire” in a Mitt Romney promotion video produced by a group known as the Ohio University Students For Romney.
The National’s frontman Matt Berninger took the incident as an opportunity to demonstrate where the band’s political loyalties lie, making his opinion quite clear via a comment on YouTube. Pitchfork picked up on Berninger’s words:
Our music was used without our permission in this ad. The song you’re using was written about the same backward, con game policies Romney is proposing. We encourage all students to educate themselves about the differences between the inclusive, pro-social, compassionate, forward-thinking policies of President Obama and the self-serving politics of the neo-conservative movement and Mitt Romney. Every single person involved in the creation of the music you're using is voting for President Obama.
The band are long-time staunch supporters of Obama and his campaign, having performed at rallies and benefits, sold band merchandise to raise campaign funds and lent “Fake Empire” to an Obama ad in 2008—ironically, the same song that was the subject of unauthorised use in the pro-Republican ad.
Despite receiving hate mail for their support of the Obama campaign, the group have said that their decision to publically support Obama is “more important than any rock band”, NME reports.