An iconic band will not be part of “an insidious movement” by Facebook to take over “absolutely everything” — even if it involved a whole wall of bricks made of gold.
Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd, said Mark Zuckerberg’s company put up a “huge, huge amount of money” to use his band’s “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” for an Instagram advertisement and he refused.
“It arrived this morning …” Waters said earlier this month at an event reported on by Rolling Stone. “And the answer is: ‘F— you. No f—ing way.'”
So, that’s pretty much not going to happen. And Waters has some strong feelings toward the Facebook CEO.
“I only mention that because this is an insidious movement of them to take over absolutely everything,” he continued, adding, “I will not be a party to this bulls—, Zuckerberg.”
Waters’ comments were recorded via Rolling Stone magazine at an event supporting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
According to Waters, Facebook’s approach in requesting to use the 1979 hit, was worded: “We feel that the core sentiment of this song is still so prevalent and so necessary today, which speaks to how timeless the work is.”
Waters tied the ubiquitous company to the plight of Assange.
If allowed to use the song, Waters said, it would strengthen Facebook and Instagram further, “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 so the general public could go: ‘What? What? No. No More.'”
A Facebook spokesperson clarified the request was from Instagram’s marketing team, saying, “We respect the decisions made by musicians and creators on whether or not they would like to work with us.”