Frank Ocean’s Reply To Chipotle’s Lawsuit Over Undelivered Ad Song: F@&# Off, Here’s A Check

Things are heating up between Chipotle and musician Frank Ocean, after the Mexican food chain accused the singer in a lawsuit of failing to deliver a song for a commercial. Chipotle claims it paid him $212,500 in advance but then he failed to record the ad campaign’s song. His reply? Here’s your money back and oh yeah, f–k off.

Chipotle released an ad last fall with Fiona Apple singing “Pure Imagination’ from the movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, showing a scarecrow entering a factory farm where he witnesses all the evils of the industrial food processing business — plumped up chickens, sad cows, and a lot of bummed out scarecrows.

It’s depressing, then it’s uplifting, and it’s almost like a mini movie. But at the end, there’s a Chipotle logo — and Ocean says when he first saw the spot, that wasn’t included. Therefore he thought it was a PSA, not a commercial for Chipotle, reports Business Insider.

“When Frank was asked to participate in this project, Chipotle’s representatives told him that the thrust of the campaign was to promote responsible farming,” his legal team said in response to the lawsuit. “There was no Chipotle reference or logo in the initial presentation, and Chipotle told Frank that was an intentional element of the campaign.”

Chipotle said the reason the logo wasn’t into the version Ocean saw was because it was only about 80% complete at the time, the lawsuit notes (PDF, h/t Hollywood Reporter). He was supposed to make an additional $212,500 after completing the ad.

Instead he posted a photo of a check on his Tumblr last night, written out to Chipotle — we can only presume, as the To: field is blacked out — in the amount of $212,500. And in the memo space? F–K OFF.

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  1. petepuma03 says:

    How dare Chipotle put their logo in that ad! It is public service announcement that should be from commercial taint! I believe that in so much I’m not even charging for my singing services… oh, wait.

    Puh-lease. I’d give this guy some credit if he had donated his time but $400k plus for what likely amounted to no more than a days work? Right…

  2. CommonC3nts says:

    If he upheld his part of the deal and Chipoltle lied, then should he not still be paid?