Now this is a message I can get behind!
While speaking at an event in support of Julian Assange, Roger Waters really went off on Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg in particular, and it’s pretty hilarious.
He tells them “no f-ckin way” he will let them use “Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2” for any sort of advertisement or anything of the sort.
I am a huge fan of Pink Floyd, and it’s nice to see another rock legend recently stand up to the government and large multinational corporations.
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Just listen to what he has to say:
“¡Vete a la chingada!”: @rogerwaters a Mark Zuckerberg. El músico contó que le ofrecieron “una gran cantidad de dinero” por permitir el uso de Another brick in the wall II para promover Instagram. Lo narró en un acto por la libertad de Julian Assange (@Wikileaks)#VideosLaJornada pic.twitter.com/gEVqaor8Eo
— La Jornada (@lajornadaonline) June 12, 2021
The New York Post described the scene:
Roger Waters has revealed that Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg offered him big bucks to use Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 anthem “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” in an Instagram ad.
However, the co-founding member of the iconic rock band turned the “little p–k” down flat — with a cantankerously foulmouthed touch.
“It arrived this morning, with an offer for a huge, huge amount of money,” the 77-year-old bassist and composer said at a recent pro-Julian Assange event, Rolling Stone reported. “And the answer is, ‘F–k you. No f–in’ way.’”
He continued: “I only mention that because this is an insidious movement of them to take over absolutely everything. I will not be a party to this bulls–t, Zuckerberg.”
Roger Waters said he rejected a “huge” offer from Facebook for the use of the classic Pink Floyd song “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” and called the corporation’s boss, Mark Zuckerberg, “one of the most powerful idiots in the world": https://t.co/hRCG4vOixT
— UltimateClassicRock (@UltClassicRock) June 15, 2021
What a legend. Always loved @rogerwaters!
Officially moving #wishyouwerehere up a spot to my favourite album of all time in honour.
And yes, I know ABitW2 wasn’t on it, but still!https://t.co/XF7zLBA0az
— Neil Bruce (@neilthebruce) June 15, 2021
Business Insider had more:
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer read from what he said was Facebook’s letter asking to use the song: “We feel that the core sentiment of this song is still so prevalent and so necessary today, which speaks to how timeless the work is.”
Waters said the company wanted to use the song to “make Facebook and Instagram even bigger and more powerful than it already is so that it can continue to censor all of us in this room and prevent this story about Julian Assange getting out to the general public so the general public could go: ‘What? What? No. No More.'”
He also took a jab at Zuckerberg by alluding to FaceMash, an app Zuckerberg created before Facebook to rate the appearance of women at Harvard, where Zuckerberg was a student.