The Dropkick Murphys — Celtic punk rockers from liberal Massachusetts — weren’t pleased to learn that Republican Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker used their song “Shipping Up To Boston” during the Iowa Freedom Summit this weekend. The governor appeared at the event to discuss conservative initiatives he has enacted in his home state, such as eliminating state funding for Planned Parenthood and limiting collective bargaining rights of state workers — political choices that don’t quite jive with the openly-pro-union values of the band.
Upon hearing their song used as entrance music for Governor Walker, the musicians took to Twitter to make their outrage known:
— Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) January 25, 2015
They say “hate” is a strong word, but perhaps the band felt it was necessary to get their point across; after all, as Billboard points out, this isn’t the first time a politician in Walker’s camp has used The Murphys’ music.
In fact, when Republican Jeff Fitzgerald appeared at the 2012 Wisconsin GOP convention, he used the exact same song, to which the band responded with equal vigor, saying on Facebook at the time that Fitzgerald was a “crony of anti-union governor Scott Walker,” adding, “Using a Dropkick Murphys song as an intro is like a white supremacist coming out to gangsta rap…If you and your staff can’t even figure out your music, you might wanna give up on the politics!”
So, we’re sort of unsure whether Walker’s handlers are in need of a hearing aid or just a geography lesson (Boston is nowhere near Wisconsin, ladies and gents), but if a Murphys song is used by this bunch again, we’ll be eagerly awaiting another social media skewering.