SNL: ‘The Village People’ Sing Musical Cease & Desist To Trump Campaign

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‘The Village People’ (Kenan Thompson, Mikey Day, Beck Bennett, Chris Redd, Bowen Yang) stopped by SNL’s Weekend Update to address Donald Trump using their music at his rallies.

Earlier this week, video clips of the Trumpster ‘dancing’ (kinda, sorta, ish) to their disco hit “YMCA” made their way onto the interwebs becoming a source for numerous viral memes.

For months now, recording artists like Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Phil Collins and even Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber have publicly asked the Trump camp to stop using their music at campaign rallies. Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley recently fired off an epic takedown of the Donald after learning her recording of “Memory” was being played at Trump events.

Village People Frontman: ‘YMCA Is NOT A Song About Gay Sex’

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The Village People’s straight frontman, Victor Willis, took to Facebook recently to make sure folks clearly understand that the band’s iconic gay anthem, “Y.M.C.A.” is NOT about the gays having a romp at their local Y.

“I wrote 100% of the lyrics to Y.M.C.A., so I ought to know what my song is about,” Willis wrote. “Y.M.C.A. is one of the most iconic songs in the world. I will not stand idle and allow it to be defamed.”

“Therefore, I will sue the next media organization, or anyone else, that falsely suggests Y.M.C.A. is somehow about illicit gay sex,” threatened the singer. “Get your minds out of the gutter please! It is not about that!”

Willis, the original Cop character, left the band at its peak in 1980, but after lengthy court battles he rejoined the group in 2017.

It was then that Willis began telling the press the song was never meant to be about gay sexual shenanigans.

“It was not written to be a gay song because of the simple fact I’m not gay,” he told News.com.au in 2017.

“I wrote it about hanging out in urban neighbourhoods in my youth. ‘You can hang out with all the boys’ was a term about me and my friends playing basketball at the Y. But I wanted to write a song that could fit anyone’s lifestyle. I’m happy the gay community adopted it as their anthem, I have no qualms with that.”

In addition to “Y.M.C.A.,” Willis co-wrote many of the Village People’s biggest hits including “In the Navy,” “Macho Man,” and “Go West.”

Irony: Trumpers Race To Campaign Rally To Tune Of ‘Macho Man’

I reported earlier today about Donald Trump’s visit to Nevada over the weekend where he held an indoor campaign rally with a few thousand supporters in violation of the current Nevada guidelines regarding gatherings of more than 50 people.

I just came across this, however, which has to go in the ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ file.

Watch these hundreds of Trump fans race past the barricades (barely a mask in sight) all to the tune of the Village People’s gay anthem, “Macho Man.”

It’s also worth noting that Victor Willis, the only original member of the Village People still with the group, sent a cease and desist letter to the Trump campaign in June asking that the group’s music (Trump also loves using “YMCA” and “In the Navy”).

Podcast: Billy Porter, Thomas Roberts, Pride Month, Coming Out, The Village People

In this episode of The Randy Report - France bans conversion therapy, Florida Republicans push "Don't Say Gay" bill, bad news for Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Rippon has good news, and the award-winning Western short film STEAM! premieres on Revry.

The Randy Report podcast delivers the week's top stories in a quick, convenient podcast - 'the 60 Minutes of gay news - only shorter'

In this week’s podcast:

• Billy Porter shares his ‘Message to America’ Link to full video here (warning – strong language)

• A federal judge issued an important ruling for same-sex married couples

• Audible produces a free series of coming out stories titled, Coming Out Party: A Pride CelebrationClick here for more info.

• Veteran gay journalist Thomas Roberts has announced a free daily news show featuring ‘gay good news’ titled, Thomas Roberts Live at 5

• The Village People have had enough of Donald Trump

• The co-writer/producer of Diana Ross’s “I’m Coming Out” shares a revealing story about the song’s iconic queer history

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.

Village People’s “YMCA” Honored By Library Of Congress

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The world’s largest library, the Library of Congress, has inducted the Village People’s disco-tastic gay anthem “Y.M.C.A” to its National Recording Registry.

To be eligible for the consideration for the registry, tracks and albums must be least 10 years old and be viewed as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

Written in 1978 by the band’s lead singer Victor Willis, the bop describes life at the Y as a kind of gay cultural center. It’s since gone on to be a mainstay at weddings and other social events.

In a statement from the Library of Congress, Willis shares that he “had no idea when we wrote ‘Y.M.C.A.’ that it would become one of the most iconic songs in the world, and a fixture at almost every wedding, birthday party, bar mitzvah and sporting event.”

Also honored with inclusion in the registry this week is Whitney Houston’s pitch-perfect cover of the Dolly Parton hit, “I Will Always Love You,” from the 1992 movie, The Bodyguard.

Village People Are Cool With Trump Campaign Using Their Music?

The Village People, whose disco-tastic hits include “In The Navy,” “YMCA,” and “Macho Man,” have given the green light to President Donald Trump’s campaign to use their songs at campaign events even though fans have urged the band to withhold permission.

In a statement posted on their Facebook page, the band shared that they had received “numerous requests” to ban Trump from using their songs, particularly “YMCA” and “Macho Man.”

Noting that Trump recently made his entrance at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, India, on Monday to the 1978 track “Macho Man,” the band told fans they can “no longer remain silent” on the issue.

“Since our music is not being used for a specific endorsement, the President’s use is “perfect[ly]” legal,” read the statement. “He has remained respectful in his use of our songs and has not crossed the line; if he or any other candidate were to use any of our songs in a manner that would suggest our endorsement, or in a promotional advertisement, that would cross the line.”

The Village People also underscored that their music is “all-inclusive and certainly everyone is entitled to do the YMCA dance, regardless of their political affiliation.”

While Trump has been using “Macho Man” at campaign events since 2018, many have noted the irony in the Donald’s usage of the gay anthem considering his unceasing attacks on the LGBTQ community since he took office.

Just a few of the attacks include the president’s anti-transgender military policy, which prohibits transgender people from serving in the U.S. armed forces; the administration’s proposed policy to allow religiously affiliated businesses to turn away LGBTQ people; and attempts to discharge HIV+ soldiers who are healthy and able to serve.

Plus, according to Lambda Legal, Trump has nominated dozens of circuit court judges who have demonstrated anti-LGBTQ bias in their careers.

While the Village People are cool with Trump using their music, other artists, including Adele, Rihanna, R.E.M., Aerosmith, and Queen, have publicly demanded the Trump campaign stop using their music at his events.

Disco legend Randy Jones, Village People Cowboy, announces wedding plans

Disco legend Randy Jones, of the Village People, is rounding up friends and family in Manhattan to legally wed longtime partner Will Grega, a software developer and composer, during three days of festivities, the couple said in a press release.

The grooms symbolically wed in New York in 2004, but gay marriage wasn’t legal in the state at that time.

No word on whether the couple will “Go West” for their honeymoon or just head down to the “YMCA.”

(via NY Daily News)