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Grace Slick Sticks It to Chick-fil-A ‘60s-Style

The Starship singer redirects money from the chain to an LGBTQ-focused charity

[Grace Slick photo: Gett/David Livingston. Chick-fil-A photo: Eater]

Grace Slick, the former frontwoman of Jefferson Airplane and Starship, is not a fan of fried chicken sandwich mega-chain Chick-fil-A, because of the political leanings of its CEO Dan Cathy, and the company’s previous decision to donate funds to an anti-LGBQT organization. But the singer agreed to let Chick-fil-A use the Starship song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” in a commercial that eventually aired during the Grammy telecast, so that she could take their money and donate it to Lambda Legal, an organization that offers legal support to the LGBQT community and people living with AIDS.

In an op-ed for Forbes, Slick writes: “[I]nstead of them replacing my song with someone else's and losing this opportunity to strike back at anti-LGBQT 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.” Slick also mentions that she comes from “a time when artists didn’t just sell their soul to the highest bidder, when musicians took a stand, when the message of songs was ‘feed your head,’ not ‘feed your wallet.’” The singer/songwriter urges other musicians to similarly use their “gifts to help stop the forces of bigotry.”

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