Toy company GoldieBlox has made a big overture to rap group the Beastie Boys to try to end the dispute over their parody of “Girls” in a viral commercial.
The ad, which showed a bunch of young girls making awesome creations, featured altered versions of the Beastie Boys lyrics that were much more supportive of women’s capabilities. For example, instead of “Girls to do the dishes. Girls to clean up my room. Girls to do the laundry. Girls and in the bathroom,” the song goes, “Girls build a spaceship. Girls code the new app. Girls that grow up knowing. That they can engineer that.”
But GoldieBlox sued the Beastie Boys after the band made an inquiry to the company about it’s use, leading to a larger debate about whether fair use was a valid argument when the late Adam Yauch requested Beastie Boys songs not be used in advertising.
Now GoldieBlox has released an open letter to the Beastie Boys saying it will stop the lawsuit if the Beastie Boys guarantee they will “no longer be under threat from your legal team.” As an overture of good faith, they removed the “Girls” parody from the commercial. The new version can be seen above.
Here is the GoldieBlox open letter:
“Dear Adam and Mike,
“We don’t want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans.
“When we made our parody version of your song, ‘Girls’, we did it with the best of intentions. We wanted to take a song we weren’t too proud of, and transform it into a powerful anthem for girls. Over the past week, parents have sent us pictures and videos of their kids singing the new lyrics with pride, building their own Rube Goldberg machines in their living rooms and declaring an interest in engineering. It’s been incredible to watch.
“Our hearts sank last week when your lawyers called us with threats that we took very seriously. As a small company, we had no choice but to stand up for ourselves. We did so sincerely hoping we could come to a peaceful settlement with you.
“We want you to know that when we posted the video, we were completely unaware that the late, great Adam Yauch had requested in his will that the Beastie Boys songs never be used in advertising. Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours.
“Since actions speak louder than words, we have already removed the song from our video. In addition, we are ready to stop the lawsuit as long as this means we will no longer be under threat from your legal team.
“We don’t want to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation. We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends.
“Debbie + Team GoldieBlox”
Do you think GoldieBlox was right to offer to end the lawsuit?