Outrage Watch: Donald Trump plays R.E.M. song at rally, Michael Stipe spits venom

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So, Donald Trump walked out to R.E.M.'s classic 1987 single “It's the End of the World” at a campaign rally today. Do you think R.E.M. was pleased with this? I'm gonna give you a second to mull it over.





Okay, here is the answer:

R.E.M. was NOT, in fact, pleased. Following is Michael Stipe's response, as tweeted out by bandmate Mike Mills:



And here is R.E.M.'s decidedly more measured reaction, via the band's official Facebook page:

“While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates…

Posted by R.E.M. on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Which one do you prefer?