If you based your assumptions purely on the music played at the Republican National Convention, you might think Donald Trump’s target audience was the middle-aged, cocaine-addled patrons of a nostalgic gay bar.
The convention was awash with odd ― and apparently unauthorized ― music choices that constantly flew in the face of the party’s high standard of “moral values.”
The GOP presidential nominee got the ball rolling with his mind-boggling entrance to Queen’s “We Are The Champions.”
Let’s forget for a second that they stole this scene straight from “Idiocracy” and think about the music choice. Freddie Mercury, for one, is a queer icon who probably wouldn’t approve of the Trump campaign’s general tone of homophobia, racism, misogyny and violence. Sting agrees, and so does whoever’s running Queen’s social media accounts:
Luckily, on Monday afternoon, the convention floor got a break from all that ambiguously gay rock n’ roll nonsense and opted for David Bowie.
The RNC house band played a cover of Bowie’s “Station to Station,” which is all about love, religion and cocaine. Remember that one?
“It’s not the side effects of the cocaine / I’m thinking that it must be love.”
Trump did, for his part, end on an educational note. He chose to cap his speech with Paul Rodgers’ “All Right Now,” which is an informational discussion about consent and that thin line between sex and love.
It’s a playlist that supports family values. Which is why the RNC went with AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.”
Taking more than her share
Had me fighting for air
She told me to come but I was already there
The artists haven’t been stoked about the most fire mixtape of 2016, however. The Turtles’ Howard Kaylan reportedly threatened legal action over the RNC’s use of “Happy Together,” which is upsetting ― because, like, why are you building a wall between you and Trump, man?
The Rolling Stones also told Trump that "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was used without permission, which is appropriate. Third Eye Blind, meanwhile, straight-up trolled the convention with their show in Cleveland, soaking in the jeers after asking the audience whether they believed in science.
In the end, Trump’s DJ may have made a few poor choices. But look, we get it ― we’d also choose cocaine and Queen over that song Tiffany Trump bravely released after she had surgery to replace her voice box with a Furby: