After Big Tech billionaire Mark Zuckerberg submitted a personal request to borrow “Another Brick in The Wall, Part 2” in promotional films for Instagram, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters blasted him as an “idiot” and a “little [expletive].”
Roger Waters, a musician, has stated that he has informed Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg that he is refusing the social media mogul’s request to utilize one of his songs in an Instagram marketing campaign.
Waters showed a printed copy of a letter he said he got it “over the Internet” that morning at a recent New York City event at the People’s Forum to campaign for the release of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who is imprisoned in London.
“This is something that I actually put in my folder when I came out here today,” Waters remarked, holding up a piece of paper at a recent pro-Julian Assange conference. “It’s a request for the rights to use my song, ‘Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2’ in the making of a film to promote Instagram. So it’s a missive from Mark Zuckerberg to me—arrived this morning, with an offer of a huge, huge amount of money, and the answer is—[expletive] you! No [expletive] way!” exclaims Waters.
“We want to thank you for considering this project,” the Facebook post said in part. “We feel that the core sentiment of this song is still so prevalent and so necessary today, which speaks to how timeless the work is.”
Mark Zuckerberg personally asked Roger Waters for permission to use "Another Brick in the Wall" in an Instagram marketing campaign. This was Roger's response. pic.twitter.com/qsQZo1iWVJ
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Roger Waters thoughts on Mark Zuckerberg buying his music. pic.twitter.com/qAB3enscH7
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Waters explained, I only mention that because this is an insidious movement of them to take over absolutely everything,” then “I will not be a party to this bullshit, [Mark] Zuckerberg . . . And yet, they want to use it to make Facebook and Instagram more powerful than it already is, so that it can continue to censor all of us in this room and prevent this story about Julian Assange getting out into the general public so the general public can go, ‘What? No. No More.”
“How did this little [expletive] who started out as ‘She’s pretty, we’ll give her a four out of five, she’s ugly, we’ll give her a four out of five,’ how did we give him any power?” Waters went on to pose a question. “And yet here he is, one of the most powerful idiots in the world.”