Donald Trump is continuing to stir up controversy with his presidency, and it isn’t stopping in his own country. He’s now taking Canadian icons Nickelback along with him, dragging the rock band into the conversation around his potential impeachment. After crossing to many lines, it now seems he’s just annoying people for fun.
In a video that has since been removed from Trump’s Twitter page due to copyright infringement, the President of the United States shared a meme of former Vice President and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son in the Ukraine on a business trip. Set to the music of Nickelback’s 2005 single “Photograph,” the video featured footage of Biden denying his involvement in corruption while also playing golf with his son and an unidentified man that the video labels as a “Ukraine Gas Exec.”
Nickelback has yet to respond directly to the video, possibly because they’re on tour in Brazil, or possibly because they don’t want to come anywhere near Donald Trump. Fair enough. It’s also likely that the video’s removal was at the request of the band, which is the greatest response. They don’t care about him enough to savagely tweet the president, just enough to mess up his precious Twitter thread. Well played, Nickelback. We never doubted you for a second.
Nickelback have received their share of hate in the past. In 2013, Rolling Stone named Nickelback the second worst band of the 1990s behind Creed. In 2010, the Alberta-born, BC-based band was pitted against a pickle on Facebook to see who could get the most likes. Somehow we don’t think being aligned with Trump’s MAGA followers is what Nickelback had in mind as a way to expand their fanbase.
The famous Canadian band has no shortage of accolades, including 50 million albums sold worldwide, six Grammy Award nominations and 12 JUNO Awards over their career. Still, they are the band that people, Canadians included, love to listen to and tease. A lot.
hasn’t nickelback suffered enough
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) October 2, 2019
i mean, if i were being impeached, i would post nickelback memes about it
— pumpkin spice liz bruenig (@ebruenig) October 2, 2019
He couldn’t make it as a wise man. Couldn’t cut it as a poor man stealing.
— AJ Lansdale (@lansdallius) October 2, 2019
If today was your last day…
— Gorillenial (@ThomasG01095401) October 2, 2019
It appears that Trump’s move to include Nickelback in his sordid dealings has still resulted in new fans for the band, but not just Trump supporters. Nickelback has finally earned their cool card in the eyes of many for their gangster move of calling BS on Trump’s use of their song and getting it removed as quickly as possible.
“Nickelback sent the President of the United States a takedown request” is truly one of the most epic sentences in the English language. https://t.co/YpQ2obDR7Q
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) October 3, 2019
nickelback……welcome to the resistance
— David Mack (@davidmackau) October 3, 2019
When they asked me who was going to stand up and defeat Trump, never in a million years would I have guessed “Nickelback.” pic.twitter.com/1AuT9THwFp
— Panda Pancake Bernstein (@J4Years) October 3, 2019
All this time, Nickelback has been good. pic.twitter.com/re8psb76Px
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) October 3, 2019
TBH we’re keeping this on repeat all day today.