Keen listeners during the Grammys might have noticed the unusual juxtaposition of a Jefferson Airplane song being played during a Chick-fil-A commercial. Jefferson Airplane (later Jefferson Starship) after all, was one of the most politically progressive bands of the Sixties and beyond, and Chick-fil-A’s CEO has come out multiple times against same-sex marriage. But Grace Slick, former lead singer of the Airplane/Starship wants viewers and fans to know: There’s a method to her madness.
She sold the rights to the Starship song “Nothing’s Gonna stop Us Now” to Chick-fil-A, but is donating all royalties to Lambda Legal, the largest national legal organization working to advance LGBT rights.
“Chick-fil-A pisses me off,” she wrote in a Forbes Op-Ed. “The Georgia-based company has a well-documented history of funding organizations, through their philanthropic foundation WinShape, that are against gay marriage……See, I come 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.’”
You can see the commercial below: