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Slick tricks 'Chick-fil-A' into supporting LGBT rights with ad song

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Sixties singer and songwriter Grace Slick was indeed slick when she allowed anti-LGBT eatery Chick-fil-A to use her song from the 1985 movie Mannequin, “Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,” during commercials on the Grammy Awards broadcast earlier this month.

The humorous commercial followed a herd of cows as they implored people via virtual reality goggles to “Eat Mor Chikin.”

In an op-ed Slick wrote for Forbes Magazine, the psychedelic era songstress of “Jefferson Starship” fame says she knew exactly what she was doing when she licensed the song to the chain.

"Chick-fil-A pisses me off," Slick swore. "The Georgia-based company has a well-documented history of funding organizations, through their philanthropic foundation WinShape, that are against gay marriage."

Chick-fil-A has had a long history of anti-LGBT views. It’s founder Truett Cathy, a Southern Baptist, was not silent when it came to the issue of gay marriage saying back in 2014, “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

Although Cathy stepped away from the political spotlight to focus on selling chicken and customer service, the chain has become a beacon of businesses that don’t support LGBT rights.

Grace Slick, initially put off by the request suddenly saw an opportunity to use their stance against them.

"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-- no!'

"But then I decided, 'F- yes.'"

The twist was she would donate the proceeds from the contract to help the community.

"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 in the article. "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."

She conveys through her article that this sort of activism reminded her of the protests of the 60’s when musicians didn’t sell out and gave a voice to pressing issues in the world.

"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."