Hirsute billionaire Donald Trump has said that he he did not use his considerable financial muscle to suppress a YouTube video which depicts him as a bully who sings a version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
According to Herald Scotland, the YouTube clip was created last March to protest Trump’s plan to create a £750 million golf resort in Aberdeenshire. The video was given the blessing of Queen guitarist Brian May so it could not be pulled on copyright.
The video has Donald Trump singing of his relentless determination and unparalleled ego in his battle for the ‘The Great Dunes of Scotland.’ It used a Spitting Image-like version of Trump.
YouTube has pulled the video and the word on the street was that Trump had made the order.
However, it is starting to look like the whole YouTube pulling might have been a publicity stunt by the group which is trying to stop the golf resort.
The group behind it has decided to bring it out as a single and it has been registered with iTunes.
Sarah Malone, executive vice-president of Trump International Golf Links Scotland, said Trump hadn’t complained about the video. She said that it had nothing to do with Trump who couldn’t care less about the song.
A week ago she dismissed it as a tired, rehashed publicity stunt which further reinforces the lack of credibility of the small group of detractors behind it. She added that the song only serves to hurt the reputation of Scotland and its people.
So, where did the news come from that Trump had pulled the video? Hazel Cameron, an Edinburgh poet who had a hand in the video’s creation, told Herald Scotland that a complaint had come from Trump or someone on his behalf.
She said that a complaint must have come from him as Trump must be unhappy about the video, and must have complained about it.
The protesters wanted to get the video back in the mainstream again and to bring more attention to what has happened, she said.
The video was originally removed in March after 29,000 views, but was uploaded again and reportedly had over 3,000 hits but last Thursday evening it was again removed, stating it was “in violation” of YouTube guidelines and “inappropriate”.
YouTube told Spinner that the said the video was removed over a copyright infringement complaint but said users can “appeal the copyright takedown”.
So, if Brian May gave his permission to use Bohemian Rapsody then who has copyright over the video? Well, it could be the protesters.
The matter raises important questions. Is this real life? Is this just fantasy? If Trump was caught by the Obama landslide, did he try to escape from reality? Any way the wind blows…