Singer to Kim Davis: 'Eye of the Tiger' Isn't for You

And Survivor guitarist 'wouldn't grant her the right to use Charmin'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2015 6:37 AM CDT
Singer to Kim Davis: 'Eye of the Tiger' Isn't for You
Kim Davis, with Mike Huckabee at her side, speaks after being released from the Carter County Detention Center yesterday.   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kim Davis is a free woman, but the two members of Survivor who wrote "Eye of the Tiger" want the Kentucky county clerk to know that she's definitely not free to use the song. Singer Jim Peterik tells Billboard that he was "surprised and dismayed at the misuse" of the Rocky III anthem, which was played as Mike Huckabee joined Davis for a rally after her release yesterday. "The song has motivated thousands through the years to reach beyond their limits," Peterik said in a statement. "Its use for the release of Kim Davis does not support my views or my politics. I have contacted my publishers to make sure this usage is stopped immediately."

Guitarist Frankie Sullivan agreed, saying in a Facebook post that he hadn't given Davis permission to use the song—and he "would not grant her the rights to use Charmin!" Sullivan told Huckabee that he's not "The Donald" but he "can do better than that," reports the Washington Post, which takes a look at the creation and history of the song. Davis, meanwhile, plans to return to work this week, but a federal judge's order says she'll go straight back to jail if she tries to block the granting of marriage licenses for same-sex couples, reports CNN, which notes that Huckabee has volunteered to go to jail in her place. (When Newt Gingrich used "Eye of the Tiger" in 2012, Survivor members not only sued him, they violated his copyright.)

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