By Amanda Wicks
Donald Trump didn’t have approval to use Queen’s “We Are the Champions” at the Republican National Convention, but Elizabeth Banks received a chuckle and thumbs-up from Brian May for the way she turned the tables on the Republican presidential candidate last night (July 26) when she took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to the same song.
May admitted that neither Banks nor the Democratic National Convention had received permission to use the song either, but he found their usage much more amusing than he did Trump’s. “Well, I think it’s fair to say Trump has been trumped!” May told Rolling Stone. “I suppose, in a sense, Elizabeth Banks’ use of the song AS WELL as Donald Trump restores the balance. She didn’t ask either, but her lampoon did make me laugh. Watching Donald Trump parade himself to ‘We Are The Champions’ gave me a sinister feeling – but Elizabeth’s ‘performance’ was clearly lighthearted.”
Banks’ entrance was intended to spoof the way Trump walked onstage at the RNC, full of fog, bombast and bravado. “You know, I don’t usually say this about Donald Trump, but that was over the top,” she joked.
May doesn’t see a future where politicians stop using Queen’s music. “Realistically, it seems we have little choice in these matters, but given the choice between our record being used to promote hatred and intolerance, or being used for comedy, I’d take the latter,” he said.