Frank Ocean has been sued by Chipotle for backing out of an ad campaign. According to the fast food chain, they paid Ocean $212,500 to record a song that would be featured on an ad to promote local food and responsible farming. Ocean was then promised an additional $212,500 upon completion of the song. Instead of recording the song by the agreed upon deadline, he sent Chipotle a legal notice informing the company that he would not participate in the campaign. Ocean claims that he did not know that Chipotle’s logo would be on the advertisement, and that he was initially promised the right to approve the master. Chipotle denies this claim and is now suing for the initial $212,500 payment and additional damages.
UPDATE: Frank Ocean has shared a link to a Wikipedia entry for the word “defamation,” which is possibly a response to the lawsuit from Chipotle.
UPDATE 3/10/14 5:15PM: It appears as though Frank Ocean has conceded in his legal bout with Chipotle. However, it wasn’t without some entertainment from the 26-year-old R&B artist.
In a Tumblr post from earlier today, Ocean shared a screenshot of a cashier’s check he wrote out to Chipotle. The amount is $212,500, which is what the Mexican-style restaurant chain had initially requested in their lawsuit. In the memo box, he wrote, “FUCK OFF.”
That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you get your point across with purpose.
UPDATE 3/11/14: A representative from Chipotle has told Rolling Stone, “If/when we get a check from Frank, we should be able to close the books on this. Right now, all we have is a photo online.”
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Watch the full promo below.