Selena photo by John Dyer on display at McNay Art Museum/Courtesy of McNay Art Museum
SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) -A man organizing a Trump rally at the Selena statue in Corpus Christi has received a cease and desist letter from lawyers representing the father of the late Tejano singer.
Joe Michael Perez took a photo which shows him wearing a Trump T-shirt and placing a red Trump hat that reads “Keep America Great” hat on the Selena statue. Perez has used the photo on social media to promote a rally this Saturday at the Selena Memorial as part of the Trump Pop Up Texas tour which sparked outrage from Tejano legend’s father, Abraham Quintanilla. Perez has also used the slogan “Bidi Bidi Trump Trump” to promote the upcoming event.
A cease and desist letter obtained by TMZ claims Perez has illegally associated Selena with Trump without permission from her father, who owns the rights to her name, image and trademark. In the letter, Quintanilla claims that tying Selena to Trump is damaging to her brand name because of the “divisiveness and discord commonly attributed” to him.
The letter also accuses Perez of infringing on Selena’s hit “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” and it states that the event at the Selena statue “falsely implicates” that Quintanilla’s family endorses Trump.
Selena’s father wants Perez to delete his Selena-themed Facebook event page or face a lawsuit.
Perez tells TMZ he’s ignoring the cease and desist letter and is moving forward with the event July 11 at the Selena Statue in Corpus Christi to show support for Trump “for all races and ethnicities.”
Perez announced Wednesday that he’s running for mayor of Corpus Christi. His slogan will be “Let’s get it done.”
Selena was a Mexican-American singer, songwriter, model and fashion designer who was called the Queen of Tejano Music. She was gunned down by the president of her fan club in 1995 in Corpus Christi. Yolanda Saldívar was convicted of murder and will be eligible for parole in 2025. The movie “Selena” launched the acting career of Jennifer Lopez, who played the starring role.