Legendary ’60s rock star Grace Slick was recently approached by homophobic chicken purveyors Chick-Fil-A about using Starship’s single “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” in a new commercial. Instead of telling them to go fuck themselves (which most of us would have done), she shockingly gave them permission.
In fact, her answer was “Fuck yeah.”
Now before we start marching against her and making memes of her and Milo canoodling in Moscow, let’s her her reasoning.
I firmly believe that men should be able to marry men, and women women. I am passionately against anyone who would try to suppress this basic human right. So my first thought when “Check”-fil-A came to me was, “F**k no!”
But then I decided, “F**k yes.”
So that was my voice you heard on the Chick-fil-A commercial during the Grammy Awards telecast. I am donating every dime that I make from that ad to Lambda Legal, the largest national legal organization working to advance the civil rights of LGBTQ people, and everyone living with HIV. Admittedly it’s not the millions that WinShape has given to organizations that define marriage as heterosexual. But 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. We’re going to take some of their money, and pay it back.
Yeah, I’m OK with this.
Slick goes on to say she hopes other artists to follow her lead:
We need that artistic integrity today, more than ever… [And] I hope more musicians will think about the companies that they let use their songs; we can use our gifts to help stop the forces of bigotry.
Watch the Chick-Fil-A commercial below. Or don’t give them the views. Your choice.