Biden campaign pulls music venue ad after Blind Pig owner reportedly threatened

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An ad supporting Joe Biden for president that aired during Sunday’s Steelers/Browns game made headlines for being the first time Beastie Boys licensed a song, in this case a snippet of “Sabotage,” to be used in a commercial (outside of trailers). The clip, which also featured Pixies‘ “Where is My Mind,” focused on the plight of music venues amid coronavirus lockdown, through the story of Joe Malcoun, co-owner of Ann Arbor, MI venue The Blind Pig. The ad has now been pulled, however; the Biden campaign told Variety that Malcoun was threatened and harassed after it aired, and they removed it from YouTube to stop the escalation.

“The price for having a voice in our political process cannot be endless harassment,” Biden spokesperson Bill Russo told Variety in a statement. “And yet, that is what Joe Malcoun and his family currently face as he was doxxed, harassed and threatened after the…

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