Trump’s Tweets a ‘Look at This Photograph’ Meme — Nickelback’s Label Warner Music Quickly Rips It Down

Trump Listens to Nickelback. Photo Credit: Lorie Shaul / CC by 3.0

Photo Credit: Lorie Shaul / CC by 3.0

Earlier today, President Trump tweeted a doctored photo of his rival Joe Biden using an old Nickelback meme.

The tweet included a meme from a Nickelback video with the phrase, “LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH.”

The tweet contained a video with a doctored photo relevant to the Ukraine controversy. The video took aim at Joe Biden, opening with a clip in which Biden says he never discussed business dealings with his son. The tweet also doctors a well-used clip from Nickelback’s video for “Photograph.”

In the edit shared by Trump, the photo held by lead singer Chad Kroeger’s is replaced by one of the Biden’s in 2015.  It shows the then-VP on a golf course with Devon Archer ⁠— an ex-Ukraine gas executive.  Within 12 hours of being posted, the meme was removed from Twitter.

The DMCA takedown notice appears to have been filed by Warner Music.  The copyright takedown notice suggests neither Warner Music nor Nickelback is on board with the association.

Interestingly, Warner Music Group has been solidly pro-Trump in the past — or at least supportive of an ardently pro-Trump artist. The company offered a slew of Trump-themed merchandise from Kid Rock, with WMG unit Warner Records promoting and selling the MAGA-inspired line on its website.

But a lot of this has to do with the artist’s wishes.  And in this case, Nickelback doesn’t seem to be willing to associate with Trump.

Trump has had at least seven DMCA takedown notices filed against his Twitter account this year. All of those have resulted in the removal of content. What’s worse is that the same video was eventually uploaded to the official White House YouTube channel. Warner Music was quick with another DMCA takedown notice to get that video offline, too.

In the predictable aftermath, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has stepped up to defend the Canadian rockers from conservative news outlets.

After one conservative media host made the assertion that he thinks “Nickelback is like socialism,” the rocker responded on Twitter.

“Who is this jerk? Nickelback is a is power pop rock band & I love them!!!! They are Canadian BTW. The USA can work well because of the uneasy marriage between socialism and capitalism here. There is push and pull—so be weary of those on the fringe advocating one way or another.”

It’s strange to see a meme from an internet video from 2005 relevant again. Aerosmith has been fighting against Trump’s use of their songs for years now.

4 Responses

  1. GREAT LOOK

    The first time Nickelback is in the news and people are talking about them
    the video gets taken down?
    Guess you don’t want to make money
    Keep playing with these politicians they never care about us only to accent their position.
    Like with all the fraud in streaming what have your politician friends done to help us get our money or keep our rights?
    But every 4 years they are there with hands out
    Looking to take a picture
    Not backing off these lying presstitutes invading your privacy your children’s privacy
    Get a shout out on social media for them
    Nickelback get your coins
    Stop helping the hogs

  2. Anonymous

    Thank you for bringing attention to Biden’s corruption

  3. restlelss94110

    Whoever took this down should be fired, This was clearly fair use. The copyright cartel strikes again, stifling Nickelback and stifling free expression, Whoever took this down is a fascist and no different than the book burners.,

  4. ANON

    Never forget it was a DEMOCRAT Tipper Gore Al Gores bored fat wife who tried to take musicians free speech!!!
    Thank your Uncle Luke for handling her big fat mouth and saved us!!!
    Let them even LOOK like a comedian is being censored and the comedians all stand up!!!
    It’s musicians who sign with labels that allow these companies to DESTROY Independent musicians and not a fucking peep!
    Fuck the politicians!!!I
    They are not your friends and they are NO friend to music!!!