Protesters Blame Donald Trump For Queen Song Takedown

Protesters claimed Donald Trump had forced YouTube to remove a video that parodied him as a puppet singing the Queen hit "Bohemian Rhapsody", but UG can confirm it wasn't that simple.

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The clip was originally uploaded in March to protest against his plans for a $1.2 billion gold resort in Scotland. Queen guitarist Brian May gave the protesters permission to use the song freely in the protest, according to Spinner.

While the protesters claimed the businessman was to blame for the video's removal, a representative for his golf club insisted that Trump couldn't care less about the song being online. That doesn't mean he wasn't offended by it. Last week, the same representative said: "This is a tired, rehashed publicity stunt which further reinforces the lack of credibility of the small group of detractors behind it... It only serves to hurt the reputation of Scotland and its people."

One theory suggested that the protesters had removed the song themselves, because they plan release their version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a Christmas single this year - but Hazel Cameron who worked on the video insisted: "It must have come from [Trump]. He must be unhappy about the video, and he must have complained about it. We wanted to get the video back in the mainstream again and to bring more attention to what has happened."

After browsing for alternative sources on Vimeo, we can reveal that the label EMI made the takedown request because it infringed on the song's copyright, despite Brian May's wish to support the protesters with free use of the song.

Sometimes it's easy to attack figures like Donald Trump, but on this occasion it looks like he's been unfairly targeted. If the protesters spent five minutes on Google, they'd be able to counter the takedown from EMI rather than blame the wrong person.

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    Just a wee correction - "$1.2 billion gold resort", should probably read as "$1.2 billion golf resort"
    What does a video for Bohemian Rhapsody have to do with protesting a 1.2 billion dollar golf resort?
    Josh Reubenking
    This guy needs to just disappear off the face of the Earth. Then it'd be a better place. When something doesn't go his way, he immediately goes to Twitter and complains like a child. Real mature of him for somebody who has billions of dollars up his a$$
    "he know how to make money" He inherited $400 million dollars and went bankrupt twice. The only guy to ever bankrupt a casino.
    I didn't know this? I know some people who have went bankrupt and they never ended up billionaires.
    Im scottish and trust me, we don't want him or any of his business, we need those wind farms, go back to screwing up your own country trump!
    This is just more environmentalist crap. Oh my god !!!! We've got to save the unused farmland. In reality a resort which attracts rich consumers to a country would be greatly beneficial to that country. I'm sure the government can't wait to start collecting tax revenue. Say what you want about Trump, but he know how to make money.
    Because we all know gold > farming for food. That is economics 101.
    As a Scot myself I can tell you that this resort would not be a good thing. True, it would bring some people and revenue in but the people who come here for the golf all want to visit some of the older and better known golf courses such as the ones up at Loch Lomond, Montrose and St Andrews. And those that don't come for the golf come here for the historic landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and the William Wallace monument or they come here for the countryside which constantly provides skilled artists a great landscape to paint or draw - and for those who are not skilled artists, just a great landscape to see - particularly further up in the highlands. The only place Mr. Trump could put his resort would be on one of those landscapes, and therefore ruin it.
    Donald Trump knows how to make money? Are you serious? He's a trust fund baby who lost his daddy's fortune and filed for bankruptcy. Then he continued his losing streak by filing bankruptcy 3 MORE TIMES. All Trump knows how to do is make piss poor business decisions and then screw over his creditors by filing for bankruptcy. Get a clue.
    Then how is he a billionaire when his father only left him millions?
    That's Ultimate Guitar being poor at journalism. They've fallen for Trump's lie that he is a billionaire and didn't bother to Google his actual wealth.
    "He is No. 128 on the latest Forbes 400, with a fortune estimated at $2.9 billion." That's from Forbes magazine from around the time before he ran for president. (Which was kinda funny by the way) He claims 7 billion, and I don't know about that, but he is still well within the billionaire range.
    Just a couple days ago I realized that every time I try to write "golf" I will type down "gold" the first time. Looks like I'm not the only one!
    UG has some terrible editors. "One theory suggested that the protesters had removed the song themselves, because they plan release their version " "The clip was originally uploaded in March to protest against his plans for a $1.2 billion gold resort in Scotland" All they do is copy and paste articles from other sites, and can barely write anything fresh on top of it. I could do a better job for free.
    Yeah, it pisses me off when I see someone doing something poorly but get paid for it. Like a lot of journalists, footballers, musicians...