During the Grammys broadcast last weekend, you may have seen a new ad for notoriously ultra-religious and socially conservative fast food chain Chick-fil-A featuring cows passing out VR headsets with Starship‘s 1986 hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” playing underneath. While the commercial is undoubtedly entertaining, the use of this song in a commercial by such a right-leaning corporation was surprising, given that Starship (and it’s various earlier incarnations) was a central piece of the free-loving, psychedelic San Francisco music scene during the 60’s. You can view the commercial in question below:
In an editorial posted today by Forbes, singer Grace Slick puts to rest any head scratching and “sellout” allegations from fans with a complete explanation of her decision to allow Chick-fil-A to use her music. “Chick-fil-A pisses me off,” proclaims Slick. “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!’
You can read Grace Slick’s full op-ed on the Forbes blog here.