Father Of Late Singer Selena Threatens Lawsuit Against Trump Supporter Promoting Rally At Her Statue
The family of the late Grammy-winning singer and fashion designer, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez better known as Selena, is not at all happy with someone who has decided to use her statue in Corpus Christi, Texas to promote his “Trump Supporters Gathering.” The singer, known as the Queen of Tejano music, was tragically shot and killed in March of 1995 in Corpus Christi by her then-fan club president Yolanda Saldívar.
Over the years, her family and fans have worked diligently to preserve her legacy, music, and memory. Now, the legal team for Selena‘s father, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr., has sent a letter to organizer Joe Michael Perez to demand that he stop associating his daughter’s likeness as well as her songs with a rally in support of President Donald Trump.
According to reports, in the official cease-and-desist letter, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. says that his deceased daughter has never been associated with what he refers to as “partisan politics” and indicates Joe Michael Perez has used Selena‘s name without first asking permission. Selena‘s father owns all of the rights to her trademarks, likeness, image, and her name.
Abraham Quintanilla, Jr.
The image he has a problem with is one of Joe Michael Perez smiling next to the statue of Selena where it appears he placed a red “Trump Keep America Great” hat on the top.
Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. also reportedly says that Joe‘s use of Selena’s likeness via a Facebook promotion of the July 11 gathering in support of President Donald Trump infringes upon her legacy. Joe has reportedly put a spin on the title of one of Selena’s most popular songs, “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” by using “Bidi Bidi Trump Trump” as a slogan for the Selena-themed event. Abraham has also accused Joe of selling merchandise with Selena’s image on it to presumably be worn during the rally.
Despite the warning from Abraham‘s legal team, Joe said that he’s simply “ignoring” it. He says he would be continuing on with the event in Corpus Christi at the Selena Memorial as planned and expects at least 150 people to attend.
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