Grace Slick and Chick-fil-A make for some strange bedfellows.
Slick, possessor of one of the biggest mouths in rock, is an avowed leftie, famed in part for her radical antiwar stance in the late 1960s.
Chick-fil-A draws fire on a regular basis for its right-wing affiliations, notably its ministry wing the WinShape Foundation, which has routed millions of its profits to Biblical Christian groups opposed to gay marriage.
So when Slick agreed to license the Jefferson Starship hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” to the Georgia-based fast-food franchiser, it raised a few eyebrows. Certainly during the Grammys telecast of a week back.
Another ’60s sellout? Nah. Slick had a plan, one she just shared in a blog post on the web site of capitalist cheerleader magazine Forbes.
“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,” Slick wrote for Forbes.
Slick swears she wasn’t in retreat — or in CYA mode:
“You might think I’m writing this just to cover my ass for allowing a company whose practices many find morally objectionable to use Starship’s music. Well, I haven’t covered my ass since the day I was born (except, maybe, in a pair of white Levi’s),” Slick wrote. (Jefferson Airplane made a Levi’s commercial back in the day, below.)
Slick, who spends most of her time on her paintings these days, elaborated on the Chick-fil-A money’s U-turn:
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.
WinShape was started in 1984 by Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy. Its activities also include scholarships, summer camps and youth-support programs. In 2012, it said it was retreating from the political debate over same-sex marriage.
“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” was written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren. It was used as the theme song to the romcom “Mannequin.” Slick sang the 1987 hit single with Mickey Thomas.