Rockers Ozzy Osbourne and John
Mellencamp object to groups appropriating their music at anti-gay
Fifty-nine-year-old Mellencamp has
written to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's
most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, asking it to stop using his
song Pink Houses at its anti-gay marriage rallies.
“Please be aware that Mr.
Mellencamp's views on same sex marriage and equal rights for people
of all sexual orientations are at odds with NOM's stated agenda,”
letter, written by Mellencamp's publicist Bob Merlis, reads in part.
“We would encourage you to find music
from a source more in harmony with your views than Mr. Mellencamp in
the future,” Merlis added.
Osbourne released a statement on Friday
objecting to the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church's use of his song
Crazy Train on the steps of the United States Supreme Court.
“I am sickened and disgusted by the
use of Crazy Train to promote messages of hate and evil by a
church,” Osbourne said.
The church – known for using the
slogan “God Hates Fags” – is defending before the court its
right to protest the funerals of U.S. soldiers.