During Billy Joel’s concert on Friday held at Madison Square Garden in NYC, Joel dedicated his 1974 single “The Entertainer” to Donald Trump.
Trump showed his appreciation of Joel’s dedication, tweeting, “Thank you @BillyJoel- many friends just told me you gave a very kind shoutout at MSG. Appreciate it- love your music!”
But numerous media outlets believe Joel’s dedication is sarcastic criticism of Trump’s presidential run. And this isn’t the first time he’s dedicated the song to Trump. Some concert-goers believe the dedication is a rip at Trump:
— Heather Carbon (@heather_carbon) May 21, 2016
Billy Joel dedicated The Entertainer to Donald Trump because he’s kept him entertained these past couple of months
— Emma (@Emma_S12) May 28, 2016
Following Trump’s tweet, Time reached out to Joel to get the singer’s take on the “The Entertainer” dedication as well as being loved by the GOP nominee. Joel, who supported Barrack Obama in 2008 and 2012, didn’t offer up his personal political preferences, but he did admit that he has enjoyed watching Trump on the campaign trail.
“I’m in the entertainment business. Donald Trump’s campaign has been very entertaining,” Joel wrote in an email to Time. “Aside from that, who cares about the political opinions of a piano player?”
At recent shows, Joel has also dedicated his “New York State of Mind” to Senator Ted Cruz, who previously ridiculed Trump and his “New York values” during his time campaigning for the Republican presidential candidacy.
Joel attended Trump’s wedding to 2005.
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