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Rage Against the Machine Demand "Farage Against the Machine" Podcast Change Name

Band served right-wing pundit Nigel Farage cease and desist for "brazenly and unlawfully" exploiting RATM's name, logo
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Rage Against the Machine have slapped right-wing British broadcaster and former conservative politician Nigel Farage with a cease-and-desist letter demanding he rename his "Farage Against the Machine" podcast, reports The Blast. The rap-metal band accuse Farage of "brazenly and unlawfully exploit[ing]" their name and logo without prior knowledge or consent for the program, which began airing on the conservative-leaning U.K. digital radio station LBC this March.

The cease and desist — which Pitchfork obtained from Rage's attorneys — reads: "As you should know, RATM has publicly denounced the type of right-wing ideology you espouse for decades. Your anti-immigrant rhetoric, lack of social compassion and barely disguised racism and xenophobia are the antithesis of what RATM stands for.

"Thus, your surprising attempt to associate yourself with RATM is wholly inappropriate and completely inexplicable, unless it's part of some kind of bizarre cleansing ritual," it continues. "Whatever the motivation, please stop. Stop using RATM's name and logo, change the name of your podcast and find some other target to troll. We suggest President Trump."

Farage has yet to comment on the matter.