Survivor is not pleased that Kim Davis walked out to the song "Eye of the Tiger" without permission at a rally this week but, contrary to an Internet hoax, the band is not suing the Kentucky clerk.
Frankie Sullivan, who co-wrote the song, posted on Facebook:
"NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use 'My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger.' I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin! C'mom Mike, you are not The Donald but you can do better than that."
Sullivan is referring to presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who appeared at the rally in support of Davis' stance against issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The Rowan County clerk was freed this week after spending five days in jail for defying a judge's order to start issuing the licenses.
Many media outlets reported that Survivor had filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against Davis and Huckabee but that news was later exposed as a hoax.
"Since first publishing this piece, EDGE has learned that we have been hoaxed," EDGE Baltimore reported
. "At this time, there is no lawsuit pending involving Survivor and Mike Huckabee and Kim Davis."
A fake NBC News website appears to have started circulating the false report.
"I do not like mixing rock and roll with politics; they do not go hand in hand," Sullivan told Rolling Stone
. "What upset me most was that, once again, my song was being used to further a political agenda — and no one even bothered to ask for permission."
Sullivan made his stance on gay marriage clear.
"I do not agree with Kim Davis' stance and do not believe in denying gay rights and the freedom for all individuals to choose the lifestyle they want to live," he said. "Our Constitution, and the words of our Founding Fathers, stand tall for freedom, which is what America is all about. I find it ridiculous in this day and age that this fight against gay marriage has gone on, even after the Supreme Court's ruling. Let's stop!"
Survivor sued the Newt Gingrich campaign in 2012 for its use of "Eye of the Tiger," Variety reported.
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