Molotov and politics are opposite concepts. That is why it is so striking that one of his songs was used in a political campaign in Mexico. Morena’s candidate for the municipal presidency of Aguascalientes, Arturo Ávila Anaya, spread a music video on his social networks to the rhythm of Latino Vote, one of the iconic songs on the album Where will the girls play? (1997).
“Massive vote, Morena sweeps” is the play on words that the candidate used on his social networks as part of his campaign, accompanied by a group of hydrocalid musicians. The controversy broke out when Ávila thanked the band on Twitter “for being the inspiration for the project” and saying that “clearly the scores and lyrics were changed.”
But for Micky Huidobro, bassist and member of Molotov, it is plagiarism in the full extent of the word. “It was easy for him not to ask for permission with the excuse that ‘it’s a cover’,” says the musician to EL PAÍS. For this reason, he anticipates that the band’s lawyers will file a lawsuit against the candidate and the party for electoral use. “The first thing is to download the videos from social networks,” he says. “We are not asking for something economic, it is not our intention, but we do want it to stop happening and to serve as an example,” he says.
In addition to Huidobro, the band expressed their disapproval of the use of Latino Vote as a political banner. “Aguas Aguascalientes with this citizen who wants to become a politician to transform the meaning of theft and plagiarism into inspiration,” reads a Twitter post. Although they will proceed legally against the hydrocalid candidate and Morena, the musician believes that they will not ask for an apology. “It is not his style to apologize, pay property rights, or take a stand publicly.”
His songs, always against the system, irreverent and full of rudeness do not go unnoticed. It is not the first time that Molotov’s songs have been used for political purposes. “It already happened with Gimme the power and they ended up taking it down, ”recalls Micky.
Latin vote, composed by Tito Fuentes, Molotov’s guitarist, it is a minority anthem. Written in the late nineties, it is a clear reference to the Latino community in the United States, inspired in the attack he suffered Marcos Maldonado at the hands of the New York police in 1995. “This is one of the band’s iconic songs and to be diverted for a vote is in very bad taste,” says Huidobro.
Although a couple of days have passed since its publication, neither Ayala nor Morena have expressed themselves about the use of this song. In the coming days, Molotov’s legal team and his representatives will be filing the corresponding complaint so that they are removed from the internet.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.