It is quite likely that Sebastian Gorka, the former White House adviser to the Trump administration, is not having a great day. The conservative commentator’s YouTube account was recently banned thanks to the complaints of Las Vegas-based band Imagine Dragons, Stereogum reports. Gorka had been using the band’s song “Radioactive” for segments of his radio show titled America First much to the irritation of the Vegas band and particularly lead singer Dan Reynolds. Reynolds made sure to let his Twitter followers know that he had been made aware of the illegal use of the song and was taking action with YouTube’s moderators and administrators. Universal Music Publishing Group’s influence played a major part in Gorka’s channel being taken down, as Reynolds had been quite vocal about the streaming giant taking action as soon as possible.
Sebastian Gorka is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Great Britain who served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Strategist in the Trump White House from January to August of 2017. Gorka’s inflammatory remarks on subjects relating to migration and Islam drew wide criticism during his White House tenure and he is considered by many to be a controversial figure in politics. Imagine Dragons for their part have always advocated for human rights and amnesty for all, even performing for charity and human rights organizations like Amnesty International, headlining their “Bringing Human Rights Home” concert in Brooklyn on February 5, 2014. It is, therefore, a sharp contrast that Gorka uses one of their tracks as a show staple.
“Confirming all 42 links are blocked, however, Gorka has uploaded more videos with the song in it. I will continue to monitor the page and submit links to be blocked daily.”
losing my mind on this. thanks for keeping on my radar. X
— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) October 25, 2019
YouTube said Gorka’s account “was terminated due to multiple copyright strikes.” While there has been no known appeal by the conservative commentator, one expects one. The tempestuous political climate is seeing many clashes of this kind between liberal artists and conservative personalities. It is very likely that this is not the last of these types of infringements but only time will tell. Listen to the song in dispute below via YouTube.
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