An ad agency approached Jefferson Starship Singer Grace Slick to use her group’s song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” for a Chick-fil-A commercial. The faith-based company “pisses (her) off” because of their anti-LGBT history, but she agreed — with a catch.
“I firmly believe that men should be able to marry men, and women women,” she told Forbes. “I am passionately against anyone who would try to suppress this basic human right. So my first thought when ‘Chick’-fil-A came to me was, ‘F**k no!’”
“But then I decided, ‘F**k yes.’”
Slick noted specific examples of the company’s past in opposing same-sex marriage.
“The Georgia-based company has a well-documented history of funding organizations, through their philanthropic foundation WinShape, that are against gay marriage. In interviews, CEO Dan T. Cathy has critiqued gay-rights supporters who 'have the audacity to define marriage' and said they are bringing 'God’s judgment' upon the nation.”
Slick is taking all of the money earned from licensing her single and donating it to Lambda Legal, a national civil rights organization dedicated to the LGBT community and people living with HIV.
“Instead of them replacing my song with someone else's and losing this opportunity to strike back at anti-LGBTQ forces, I decided to spend the cash in direct opposition to 'Check'-fil-A’s causes – and to make a public example of them, too.”
The singer was also aware that people may see this explanation as an attempt to “cover (her) ass" for “allowing a company whose practices many find morally objectionable to use Starship’s music.”
“From the moment I agreed to license the song, I knew I wanted to set an example for other artists. I wanted to tell them, ‘Your art will survive and thrive. Do not let it be used by companies who support intolerance. Don’t be afraid to take a stand. You’re an artist; that’s what we do.’”