A DJ and his record label are retaliating against the use of the hit song "Harlem Shake" in a controversial video which features Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai defending the repeal of net neutrality.
Baauer, whose real name is Harry Rodrigues, tweeted Thursday that he never gave permission for the use of his song in a Daily Caller-produced video titled "Ajit Pai Wants The Internet To Know You Can Still Harlem Shake After Net Neutrality."
In a tweet, Baauer threatened "action" against Pai, calling him a "loser."
In a statement to Billboard, Baauer explained that he was exploring ways to get the video taken down.
"The use of my song in this video obviously comes as a surprise to me as it was just brought to my attention," he said. "I want to be clear that it was used completely without my consent or council. My team and I are currently exploring every single avenue available to get it taken down. I support Net Neutrality like the vast majority of this country and am appalled to be associated with its repeal in anyway."
Mad Decent, a record label that worked with Baauer on "Harlem Shake," indicated that it also did not approve the use of the song in the Daily Caller video and issued a "takedown" which will be followed by "further legal action if it is not removed."
Official statement re the use of "Harlem Shake" in Daily Caller's video of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: neither Mad Decent nor Baauer approved this use nor do we approve of the message contained therein. We have issued a takedown will pursue further legal action if it is not removed.— MAD DECENT (@maddecent) December 15, 2017
The video was still on the Daily Caller's Youtube page as of press time.
The FCC did not immediately return a request for comment.
The video already attracted controversy Thursday as it showed Pai dancing alongside a woman known for pushing the infamous "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory.
my first instinct was this can't be real then i remembered it was still 2017 #NetNeutrality we are living in a full on parody now pic.twitter.com/Rs8htenbd2— к†и (@killthenoise) December 14, 2017
The Republican-led FCC voted Thursday afternoon to repeal net neutrality, which was adopted in 2015 under the Obama administration. The intent behind it was to ensure Internet service providers treat all web content equally, preventing them from blocking, throttling or interfering with web traffic by reclassifying broadband Internet service as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act.
Pai has long argued the 2015 FCC decision was an example of executive overreach and that net neutrality hurt Internet innovation.