One of the founders of rock band Pink Floyd Roger Waters in harsh terms refused Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg the opportunity to use a song he wrote to promote the social network.
Speaking June 10 at a forum in support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Waters read a letter from the entrepreneur offering a large sum for the use of the song Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) in a campaign to promote Instagram and Facebook.
“This is an official message to me from Mark Zuckerberg offering a huge amount of money, and my response is, ‘Go to hell! No way!” – Waters said.
He stressed that he has no intention of participating in the proposed “bullshit.”
According to the musician, Zuckerberg wants to use the song to make his social media more influential and “continue to censor all of us in this room, and keep this Julian Assange story from going public.”
This is not the first time Waters has spoken out in defense of Assange. In the fall of 2019, he held a small concert in support of the WikiLeaks founder outside the Home Office in central London.
The song Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) is one of Pink Floyd’s most famous compositions. The lyrics were written by Roger Waters. It talks, in particular, about the problems of education. The song was released in 1979. The composition was nominated for a Grammy Award for “best performance by a rock duo or group”.
There are 18 criminal charges against Assange in the U.S., which together face up to 175 years in prison. Specifically, he is charged with crimes related to the largest case of disclosure of classified information. The United States is seeking the extradition of the founder of WikiLeaks to the United Kingdom.