John Mellencamp Doesn’t Like NOM
BY Advocate.com Editors
October 09 2010 3:00 PM ET
First Peter, Paul, and Mary asked the National Organization for Marriage to stop playing “This Land is Your Land” at its rallies. Now John Mellencamp is following suit, asking that the organization stop playing his song “Pink Houses.”
“Please be aware that Mr. Mellencamp’s views on same-sex marriage and equal rights for people of all sexual orientations are at odds with NOM’s stated agenda,” his publicist Bob Merlis said in a statement to NOM.
In 2008, Mellencamp asked that the McCain-Palin campaign stop playing his music “in light of Mellencamp’s own political views.” A few weeks later, when Palin started playing the Heart song “Barracuda” at her rallies, singer Nancy Wilson sent a letter asking the campaign to stop.
Mellencamp is the latest musician to request a conservative group stop playing his music. Last week Ozzy Osbourne expressed his frustration with the Westboro Baptist Church when Margie Phelps sang lyrics from his song “Crazy Train” after the church’s Supreme Court hearing.
“The Osbournes are disgusted and appalled that WBC would use Ozzy's music to represent such hateful and despicable beliefs,” a statement said.