Grace Slick, former lead singer for Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, just schooled Chick-fil-A on giving to LGBT charities, and she used the fast food chain's own money. We love football!
In a recent op-ed post on Forbes.com Slick shares how she is helping LGBTers out.
Recently an ad agency asked me if they could use a song I sang on, in 1987, for a TV commercial. I didn’t immediately tell them to go f**k themselves. After all, I’ve licensed my music to advertise someone else’s product before. In 1967, Jefferson Airplane wrote a psychedelic jingle about white
rabbitsjeans that’s a damn classic (Google it!). But that was for Levi Strauss & Co. This time, the agency wanted the Starship tune “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” for a very different kind of enterprise: Chick-fil-A.
Chick-fil-A pisses me off. 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.
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.” – Forbes.com
Slick goes on to state that all the money she made from the Grammy Awards telecast will be going to Lambda Legal, the largest national legal organization working to advance the civil rights of LGBTQ people, and everyone living with HIV.
She goes on to talk about how artists of yesteryear gave a crap about causes and sang songs for a cause and not just money.
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.
For Grace Slick's entire op-ed piece head over to Forbes.com.
Hmmm, so maybe we should watch these two spots so Slick can donate more money!