Fury At Mitt Romney For Thin Lizzy Soundtrack

The mother of Phil Lynott says her son wouldn't have supported Romney's pro-ric and anti-gay views, and has asked that the Republicans stop using "The Boys Are Back In Town" at their rallies.

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The mother of Thin Lizzy leader Phil Lynott is furious at Mitt Romney for using her son's music at a rally last week. Philomena Lynott says her song Phil would never support Romney's anti-gay views, and resents their use of "The Boys Are Back In Town" at the Republican National Convention. "As far as I am concerned, Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage and to civil unions for gays makes him anti-gay which is not something that Philip would have supported," she told Hot Press (via The Guardian). "Neither would Philip have supported his policy of taxing the poor and offering tax cuts to the rich, which Paul Ryan is advocating. There is certainly no way that I would want the Lynott name to be associated with any of those ideas." She accepts there is nothing she can do to prevent them using his music, but adds: "I do want to be clear that I would not want Philip's music to be used in any way that could hurt a single person, and this is the effect of what happened with Paul Ryan using and abusing my son's music in that way." However, she would be happy for the Obama campaign to use the music of Thin Lizzy, noting that his position as a black man who is President as "wonderfully symbolic".

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    Underjoggle
    I think the mos important thing to take away from this is that Phil Lynott's mother is named Phil Lynott.
    Themotherfunky
    Mitt Romney is Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb..
    EpiExplorer
    I'm trying really hard to remember the song, but all I keep remembering is "Makin movies, makin songs and fightin' round the wooooorld".
    JD Close
    actually, it was a reference to the mormon episode, saying that the mormon prophet, as well as many mormons, are dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb
    EpiExplorer
    YES, I know, but I couldn't remember how that particular tune went, and all I could think of was the Russel Crowe episode with good ol' Tugger. I know my South Park.
    thf24
    It's pretty humorous how those of you telling the masses not to believe Romney's lies and crying his misdeeds drink up Obama's and ignore his shady past and associates. And I'm no republican, I've said the same thing in reverse on sites with more conservative-oriented communities. I don't trust either of them, because you have to be insane to actually want the kind of power they're vying for.
    crazycyanide
    can someone not just shoot mitt romney already. the world would be a better place.
    BurntGerbil
    And queue Secret Service home invasion/cavity search in 3... 2... 1...
    BigMikeBDD
    Wow. I really hope someone forwards this discussion to Romney's camp. You'll be crying like a little girl, guaranteed.
    sage76
    It's awesome how Obama lovers quickly become fiscal conservatives as soon as they start working in a real job...
    samhell
    Its easy for them to want everyone to "pay their fair share" when they don't actually have anything to pay with. As soon as they get their first pay check and realize 30% is gone right off the bat, boy do they change their tune. Then they get to pay 8% on anything they buy. Registration taxes on vehicles. Thousands in property tax. Tax when you buy fuel. Etc etc etc. Over 60% of my income goes to taxes and many of these degenerates want me to pay MORE?! Mind boggling.
    sage76
    Add insurance, subsidies and god knows what not....it's infuriating.
    DukeFame
    "However, she would be happy for the Obama campaign to use the music of Thin Lizzy, noting that his position as a black man who is President as "wonderfully symbolic"." - Lol yea he can use the song cuz he's black cool man.Wtf?
    rcanders
    Yeah, I caught that too. She sounds like a real bright one...urgh...what a dunce.
    guitarlad89
    I love Thin Lizzy and Philomena, but let's get real, if Obama was a white man she would be indifferent or not care for him. The election is a lose-lose situation as far as I'm concerned anyway.
    iljh
    It appears everyone in the comment section is pro Obama due to the + and - ratio. Whatever. At least I know Romney likes good music now.
    ThatFlyingThing
    I know I'm going to get bombed by the entire UG community for it, but it is incredibly frustrating to see this every time a Republican uses a song. I'm not even a Republican and it gets me angry to hear bands (or, in this case, extended family) decry a politician for using their music, which they put in the public domain for the service of the fans, supposedly regardless of political ideology. What is even more infuriating is the erroneous claims that so often accompany these refutes. I challenge you to find the part of Paul Ryan's budget plan that states that they will be acclimating more revenue from the impoverished than the wealthy. The top 10% of earners in the nation pay approximately 50% of all tax revenue in the country; I would hardly say that that puts the burden on the poor. Furthermore, most are willing to turn a blind eye to what is happening on the liberal side of the aisle: Obamacare will rake in $501 billion from the middle class over the next 10 years alone. Why the double standard? Voluntary subjective political imprisonment if you ask me. This isn't opinion, this is outright fact: the Democratic platform is one that supports increased spending and increased taxes, while the Republican platform is inclined to the diametrically opposed view of reducing taxes on all and reducing spending. I'm not a Mitt Romney supporter per se; I don't agree with his position on gay marriage, nor with his foreign policy. But the fact of the matter is that if you only want a very specific demographic to have the rights to use the music that you put out in the public domain for EVERYONE'S use, then put it as a stipulation of a contract that you sign when you buy the goddamned album. As for the fact of Obama being black and that being a great symbol of the progress made in the 21st Century, that's all very well, but he still managed to rack up an additional $5 trillion in debt since Bush left office, implemented a health policy that will burden the middle class especially, and pass wholly failed stimulus packages that went to companies like Solyndra, GM, and others. Quit the demagoguery and focus on the issues for once.
    ethan is hot
    I agree that the songs are a part of the public domain. But say a person hears that song at the RNC and they completely disagree with everything there. They are going to associate that song with that type of view. So why shouldn't the writer of the song, or family member in this case, voice their displeasure with the party who has decided to use it. Sometimes, the party completely misunderstands the meaning of the song. (I'm looking at your grave Reagan)
    spiff-corgi
    What a BAMF this lady is. Mitt Romney is scum. If he gets into power this year and then Cameron's voted back in as Prime Minister next year then I'm moving to Mars to hang out with Curiosity.
    BigMikeBDD
    I'll pack your bags for you.
    spiff-corgi
    Hilarious.
    tele-disaster
    yes and voting labour is totally sensible.
    spiff-corgi
    Given that Gordan Brown was the one that saved the European economy from total collapse for a good year or so before he was voted out, as well as his being the reason we weren't in the Euro currency when it crashed, I'd rather put my eggs in their basket than a government that promised financial recovery and gave us two more recessions, cut the public sector in half and wants to destroy the NHS. Labour did a pretty shitty job but they were doing a better job of sorting it out than the Tories and Lib Dems have done.