This music legend is using money from anti-gay Chick-fil-A to defend LGBT rights
A music legend is using royalties she earns from notoriously homophobic restaurant chain Chick-fil-A to fight for LGBT equality.
Though these days she’s out of the spotlight, Grace Slick – the former singer for rock bands Starship and Jefferson Airplane – is the legendary voice behind timeless hits including ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ and ‘We Built This City’.
The tracks still provide a steady stream of income for Slick, but she revealed this week she got a surprise windfall when ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ was requested for a national ad campaign for conservative chicken chain Chick-fil-A.
Writing for Forbes, Slick explained that she decided to take action because she strongly opposes the chain’s donations to homophobic groups.
In 2012 it emerged that the fried chicken company had donated millions of dollars to anti-gay groups including the Family Research Council, ‘gay cure’ group Exodus International and Focus on the Family.
CEO Dan Cathy doubled down on discrimination, confirming the company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family”.
Slick explained: “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.
“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.”
She added: “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. Nothing’s gonna stop us now.”