Punk rock and politics may have always shared a common unification, but that doesn’t mean bands like The Dropkick Murphys will allow their music to be used for just any political purpose, especially if that politician is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
When Scott recently took to the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit to speak in front of many key members of the Republican party, he did so to the tune of Dropkick Murphy’s cover of the Woody Guthrie song “”I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” reported conservative news source Twitchy. Walker apparently didn’t realize that the Dropkick Murphys are assertively pro-union — an interest unlikely to find any common ground with the governor. Walker has become a national whipping boy for the anti-union cause, previously reported Inquisitr.
— Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) January 25, 2015
Fans of the Dropkick Murphys tweeted their support of the band’s decision to call out Scott’s association with the song. Some even asked for Gov. Walker to issue an apology, while others wondered if Scott might owe the group some royalties.
— I Climb The Mountain (@mtn1hiker) January 25, 2015
— Lmoneyfresh (@Lmoneyfresh) January 25, 2015
— I’ve lost my Gitmojo (@HopieChangey) January 25, 2015
In 2012, the Dropkick Murphys had already made their dislike of Scott quite clear when the same song was used to introduce Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate, Jeff Fitzgerald, as he took the stage. Although Dropkick Murphys specifically called out Walker in their original message to Fitzgerald, it appears the Wisconsin governor did not get the message.
“The stupidity and irony of this is laughable. A Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate – and crony of anti-Union Governor Scott Walker – using a Dropkick Murphys song as an intro is like a white supremacist coming out to gangsta rap!… We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in Wisconsin and all over the U.S!”
You can watch Gov. Scott Walker’s full speech below, though it does begin after he’s already taken the stage to the Dropkick Murphys song.
Do you think Gov. Scott Walker owes the Dropkick Murphys an apology?
[Image via Thomas Hawk and Gateway Technological College, Flickr]