Tim Cook is the “Donald Trump of the music industry,” claims outspoken Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose.
There’s no further explanation from Rose, who posted the message on Twitter. It’s probably not meant as a compliment, though. Rose previously criticized Trump for appointing controversial ex-Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as his attorney general and accusing the president of “whining.”
Tim Cook is the Donald Trump of the music industry.
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) March 8, 2018
The Oval Office comparison is unlikely to be well received by Cook, who has clashed multiple times with Trump. Cook was a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign, and was even tentatively considered as her possible running mate.
Steve Jobs was ‘very Trumpish,’ too
Cook isn’t the first Apple CEO to be likened to Trump, though. Recently, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told an audience at Carnegie Music Hall that Steve Jobs’ personality was “very Trumpish.”
We’ll have to wait for more clarification from Rose over what he meant by his Cook/Trump comparison (if he ever does explain it, that is). Given that he is referring explicitly to Cook’s role in the music industry, it would make sense that the criticism relates in some way to Apple Music.
Previously, Apple Music has been criticized by musicians including Taylor Swift for its approach to artist royalties (although the two parties later made up). Former Oasis lead guitarist and co-vocalist Noel Gallagher also slagged Apple for its Beats 1 radio station.