The Nine Inch Nails are nine inches of pissed off.
Last month, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi posed with shirts that featured the logo of the world-famous band. Except under the letters “NIN” read the words “Notley,” “Iverson” and “Nenshi” (Iverson refers to Edmonton Mayor Don Iverson, for those who are unaware).
— Chima Nkemdirim (@chimaincalgary) June 23, 2015
While the shirts appear to have been made for fun and even include the slogan “Building Alberta Together,” the band is reportedly not pleased. Iverson told the CBC yesterday that “We got advice that there were some concerns about the trademark and essentially to cease and desist.” While neither the band nor its front man Trent Reznor have responded on social media, several outlets are reporting the order came directly from Reznor himself. Mayor Nenshi’s office says it was not aware of any legal ramifications and added that only three shirts were made and they were never intended to be sold or mass produced. The cease and desist order, however, does come on the heels of a line of campaign shirts made for Rachel Notley that read “Notley Crue,” which was a spin on the band name Motley Crue. Some fans of Nine Inch Nails even took to Twitter to give a cease and desist order of their own:
— Cat D. (@TheRealRSXE) June 24, 2015
— NINzyZ28 (@NinzyZ28) June 24, 2015
— Metropolis Records (@MetropolisRec) June 24, 2015
Even still, Canadian politicians have survived worse scandals in the past. But for these Alberta public servants, this probably feels like nine-inch nails on a chalkboard.