Former frontman and songwriter for Pink Floyd, Roger Waters made public a private request from Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg asking to use one of Pink Floyd’s most famous songs to promote Instagram.
The 77-year-old, while addressing a New York gathering in support of jailed Wikileaks Julian Assange waved a printed page of a message he said he had received “on the Internet” that morning from Zuckerberg.
“It’s a request for the rights to use my song ‘Another Brick in the Wall 2’ in the making of a film to promote Instagram.
“So it’s a missive from Mark Zuckerberg to me, right? Arrived this morning with an offer of a huge, huge amount of money. And the answer is ‘F— you!,’” he added as the crowd cheered. “‘No f—ing way!’
“I only mention that because it’s the insidious movement of them to take over absolutely everything. So those of us who do have any power, and I do have a little bit — in terms of the control of the publishing of my songs I do, anyway — so I will not be a party to this b—s—, Zuckerberg.”
Waters does have an official Facebook page (though, as he says, he is banned by former bandmate David Gilmour from posting on Pink Floyd’s Facebook page, with its 30 million followers).
As word got out about Waters’ remarks, he invited “trolls” to challenge him: “Call me a hypocrite for posting this on Zuckerberg’s crappy censored platform.”