Following in the illustrious footsteps of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe threw a fit over Fox News’ use of the band’s “Losing My Religion” during its DNC coverage. R.E.M. issued a statement calling for Fox News to “cease and desist.” Stipe took the opportunity to don his trademark pretentious pants:

“We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there.”

“Puff adder reportage”? Well! That’s a slap in the face to Fox News if we ever saw one! Many of R.E.M.’s fans agreed and thought the cease-and-desist was just ducky:

https://twitter.com/Nick4Left/status/244115342887116801

Not everyone was so enamored of Stipe and the band. In fact, they seemed pretty “meh” about the whole thing:

Something tells us Fox won’t be hurting too much. Maybe they’ll even give R.E.M. the “Red Eye” treatment.

We sure hope so!

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Update:

This afternoon, Fox News kicked R.E.M. right smack in the whiny pants:

“FOX News Channel’s use of an R.E.M. song during Thursday’s edition of ‘Fox & Friends’ was in full accordance with its license agreements with all appropriate parties,” a Fox News representative said. “Nevertheless, we’re always flattered to have this much attention for a song selection and we hope R.E.M. was able to satisfy their publicity fix.”

Oh, sa-NAP!