Guitarist of the legendary band Pink Floyd Roger Waters has been fighting to release Australian editor and publisher Julian Assange over the past few years. The star recently appeared on The People’s Forum where he discussed the issues at hand while asking for donations to the cause. During this event, Waters explained he had recently been requested song access from Facebook’s creator.
Speaking out to a live audience, and to livestream viewers, Waters explained: “This is something that I actually put in my folder when I came out here today.
“You have no idea what it is – nobody does – because it arrived on the internet this morning.
“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.”
Holding up the file he remarked: “So, it’s a missive from Mark Zuckerberg to me. It arrived this morning.”
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Water added that the song offer came with an offer of a “huge, huge amount of money”.
He shouted: “And the answer is: ‘F**k you! No f*****g way!'”
After a swell of applause, Waters continued: “I only mention that because this is an 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 – I will not be a party to this bulls**t, Zuckerberg.”
Waters then explained the request email included a comment about the song.
He read: “We want to thank you for considering this project. We feel that the core sentiment of this song is still so prevalent and necessary today.”
The Dark Side of the Moon writer went on to yell: “Yet They want to sojourn it, they want use it to make Facebook and Instagram even bigger and 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 to the general public. No more.”
According to Ultimate Guitar, Waters went on to single out Zuckerberg in a further rant.
He said: “You think, how did this little p***k, who started off by saying: ‘She is pretty, we’ll give her a four out of five, she’s ugly, we’ll give her a one.’ How the f**k did he get any power in anything?
“And yet here he is, one of the most powerful idiots in the world.”
Waters has also been hitting out at his former Pink Floyd pal David Gilmour over the re-release of the band’s 1977 album Animals.
Waters recently wrote a lengthy statement on his website which revealed the pair are in disagreement over the inclusion of liner notes in the record’s credits.
He said: “Gilmour has vetoed the release of the album unless these liner notes are removed. This is a small part of an ongoing campaign by the Gilmour/Samson camp to claim more credit for Dave on the work he did in Pink Floyd, 1967-1985, than is his due.
“Yes, he was, and is, a jolly good guitarist and singer. But, he has for the last 35 years told a lot of whopping porky pies about who did what in Pink Floyd when I was still in charge.”