Election 2024

Sony & Pit Viper tell unhinged Republican to stop using their products in her hateful videos

Valentina Gomez in her campaign video
Valentina Gomez in her campaign video Photo: Screenshot

Republican Missouri secretary of state candidate Valentina Gomez has built a campaign on making outrageous statements, including calling everyone – including the Biden administration – “weak and gay.”

Now, two companies are telling her to stop using their products in her videos if she’s going to be so offensive.

Sony sent a cease and desist letter to Gomez, referencing one video where she used the music of Lupe Fiasco, which Sony owns the rights to.

“In America, you can be anything you want. So don’t be weak and gay. Stay f**king hard,” Gomez said in the video as Fiasco’s “The Show Must Go On” plays in the background.

“Based on our records, at no time has the Campaign or any other person or entity associated with the Video obtained any license or authorization from SMP [Sony Music Publishing] to use ‘The Show Must Co On’ in connection with the Video, nor could they have, as SMP does not allow the songs in its catalog to be used for political purposes,” the letter states. “Absent having obtained a license, any exploitation of ‘The Show Must Go On’ in connection with the Video constitutes a violation of the U.S. Copyright Act.”

Gomez responded on X by calling Lupe Fiasco “weak and gay” and attacked him for “15 years of not producing a hit.”

The original post to X with the Fiasco song, though, appears to have been deleted.

At the end of some of the videos she posts online, Gomez shows a picture of her holding a gun while wearing sunglasses. Pit Viper, the sunglasses company, recognized her wearing their product and slammed her on social media.

“We haven’t had to do this in 2024 until now, but unfortunately reminding everyone if you spread hate in Pit Vipers, we’ll donate your money to an organization that works against you,” the company posted to its X account, sharing screenshots of Gomez in their sunglasses, her video where she tells people not to be “weak and gay,” and an email showing that they donated $124.10 to the Missouri LGBTQ+ organization PROMO.

Gomez responded on Twitter: “I don’t give a f**k, I speak the truth. Your glasses are now in the garbage. Your customers are 90% conservatives. You are weak and gay. Don’t forget, the Woke eats their own. Continue to support child mutilation and indoctrination.”

Nick Fuentes, the infamous white supremacist and Holocaust denier, responded to her statement with “W,” which means “win.” And Gomez thanked him.

“Thank you Nicholas. we may have some differences but putting America First is what unites us. F**k pit vipers,” she wrote.

Her primary election is scheduled for August 6. There are currently eight candidates in that primary election, according to Ballotpedia, and her extreme rhetoric and support for white supremacists may be an attempt to stand out in a crowded primary field.

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