As reporters tried to figure out what was next for Davis — would she really allow marriage licenses for same-sex couples to be distributed once she returned to work? — “Eye of the Tiger’s” co-author was thinking about something else. Davis and/or her entourage hadn’t just co-opted his song for a cause he didn’t believe in. She had done it without his permission.
“I have not authorized the use of Eye of the Tiger for use by Kim Davis and my publisher will issue a [cease and desist],” Peterik tweeted. “This does not reflect my views.”
Peterik further explained his displeasure in a statement to Billboard magazine.
“I was very surprised and dismayed at the misuse of the song I co-wrote with Frankie Sullivan for Rocky lll,” he said. “The song has motivated thousands through the years to reach beyond their limits. 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.”
Sullivan chimed in as well.
“NO!” he wrote on Facebook. “We did not grant Kim Davis any rights … I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin!” Sullivan added a personal message for Huckabee: “C’mon Mike, you are not The Donald but you can do better than that.”
If you are going to co-opt a song for a national media event over a controversial issue, it really shouldn’t be the group’s signature song. “Eye of the Tiger” is the song that turned Survivor into the band that Baby Boomers and their children still thing of today. It crosses many generations. Kim Davis can’t drape herself and her misguided cause in that song.
Watching the video of presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee’s attempt to seize the day and a self-made glory-hog feigning religious objection might have been a feel good moment for a small number of Americans. However, most of us saw the manipulation that has spurred Davis into making her fool-hearted attempt to defy the Supreme Court ruling. Davis did not win and she will not win. She was used.
What jumped out at me was really her insincerity. A sincere person would have simply resigned. Her religious rights have not been compromised in the least. All she had to do is step down. No harm done. Her entire mood reflected “movement” and “cause” rather than the austere nature that comes from people whose actions stems from principle and divine inspiration.
I expect both Peterick and Sullivan will sue over the use of their song to defend an idea that they both find repugnant. I hope they win. “Eye of the Tiger” is about personal triumph against all odds. This moment yesterday might have been a personal triumph for Kim Davis and Mike Huckabee but it really appeared to have little do with God and more about self-aggrandizement. For Huckabee, the rally seemed to be exactly that–a political rally.