Anti-Trump campaigners launch 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Christmas single

Trump: Tycoon features in Spitting Image-style spoof.
Bohemian Rhapsody: Donald Trump has been pilloried in a new release of the Queen hit.

A campaign group opposed to Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf resort are vying for the number one Christmas chart spot with a single parodying the tycoon.

The Tripping Up Trump pressure group, which has been implacably opposed to the American billionaire's golf course development at the Menie Estate, outside Aberdeen, released their spoof version of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody on Tuesday.

They originally produced a video of the song, which was endorsed by Queen guitarist Brian May, and attracted more than 25,000 internet hits in three days.

The group are aiming for Christmas chart glory with a cover of the song, which was made famous by the late Freddie Mercury and his band in the 1970s. The single has been released on the Gaeta label and features Edinburgh-based musician and composer Dmytro Morykit.

"It is already on Amazon and although there was an initial technical issue with iTunes this week, it will be available no later than Wednesday," said Hazel Cameron, the director of Donald Trump does Bohemian Rhapsody.

"We have decided to bring it out as a single, to keep the momentum going, because the whole issue [of Trump's relationship with the Scottish Government] has been revived recently, with the screening of [Anthony Baxter's documentary] You've Been Trumped.

"This has sparked a huge amount of interest and we hope people will check out the single.

"Bohemian Rhapsody is a terrific song and we have been backed by Brian May, which means a lot to us. If it gets into the charts, that will be great. Anything else would be amazing."

Anti-Trump protester David Milne, who has lodged a petition with the Scottish Parliament calling for a new inquiry into how the planning application was handled, has backed the single.

"Anything which keeps this matter in the public domain should be encouraged and the single will, hopefully, be popular with the viewers who watched the documentary last month," said Milne, who has faced administrative delays with his petition.

"We are not letting this drop because it just too important. And the backlash which followed You've Been Trumped has proved how much anger there is about this issue."

However, Sarah Malone, the vice-president of Trump International Scotland, dismissed the efforts of those who have criticised Trump's project as an irrelevance.

"This is a tired, rehashed publicity stunt which further reinforces the lack of credibility of the small group of detractors behind it," said Malone.

"It only serves to hurt the reputation of Scotland and its people.

"Over 10,000 people played our course in recent months and were not swayed or manipulated by this sort of nonsense, which has been peddled by a handful of individuals for years."

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