The co-founder of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, offered some harsh words for Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg after a request to use one of the band’s song to promote Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.
The story: The Pink Floyd co-founder said he received a “huge” offer from Facebook to use the 1979 classic “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” in an ad for Instagram. Waters said he rejected the offer and continued to slam Zuckerberg.
Rolling Stone reports that Waters made the comments at a recent pro-Julian Assange event.
His remarks: “And the answer is, ‘F*** you. No f***ing way,’” Waters said. “I only mention that, because this is the insidious movement of them to take over absolutely everything.”
“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 bull****, Zuckerberg,” he added.
Waters then read from the correspondence he said came from Facebook: “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, which speaks to how timeless a work….”
“It’s true,” Waters noted. “And yet … they want to 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, so the general public could go, ‘What? What?’”
“No, no more,” he continued. “How did this little pr*** who started off by saying, ‘She’s pretty, we’ll give her a 4 out of 5, she’s ugly, we’ll give her a 1,’ how the … did he get any power? And yet here he is, one of the most powerful idiots in the world.”
Facebook’s response: A spokesperson for the company told CNET that an Instagram marketing team sent the request and not Zuckerberg himself.
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