a-Ha Bandmember Slams Trump For Using 'Take On Me'-Style Animation For Campaign Ad
a-Ha keyboardist and 'Take On Me' co-writer Magne Furuholmen is not happy with President Trump aping the band's groundbreaking 1985 video for a new campaign ad. Rolling Stone reported in the new spot, Trump is depicted in rotoscope, "a technique of tracing live-action footage frame-by-frame with pencil drawings to form animation."
Although a-Ha has no copyright in the animation application, social media has been abuzz over the past two days with people comparing the Trump clip with the iconic video. Furuholmen, who says the band was not given a head's up about the new clip, was asked what he makes of the Trump ad, and responded: "Even blind pigs can find truffles. You want to be careful about deciding who’s allowed to do what with what you put out in the world. We make our music for everybody. We didn’t intend to make our music part of a divisive campaign and, all things equal, would have preferred it not to have been."
He went on to say, "We are Norwegian-born, but we have friends all over the world and are concerned about what the world’s coming to. In many respects, our heart bleeds for the America we believed in growing up. But when you get dragged into things like this, you have to lie back and laugh.”
Last month Furuholmen released a solo video, titled, "This Is Now America," which was recorded in direct response to the Trump administration.