Musician allowed to use her song in homophobic campaign but gave the money earned to LGBT

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SPRINGFIELD, VA - JULY 26: A man passes by a Chick-fil-A July 26, 2012 in Springfield, Virginia. The recent comments on supporting traditional marriage which made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has sparked a big debate on the issue. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Grace Slick – the former singer for rock bands Starship and Jefferson Airplane – is known for such songs as ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ and ‘We Built This City’. Recently the singer was asked to use her song for a national ad campaign for conservative chicken chain Chick-fil-A. She agreed and wrote an explanation of such a decision in Forbes magazine. She explained that she completely opposes the venue’s anti-LGBT policy and the donations they regularly provide to the homophobic groups.

“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,” she wrote, “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. 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.”

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