Frank Ocean Gave Chipotle $200,000 to "Fuck Off"
Chipotle says it paid singer Frank Ocean $212,500 for a song he never delivered. Frank Ocean says "Fuck off."
The Mexican chain filed suit Friday in Los Angeles, claiming Ocean had agreed to record a cover of "Pure Imagination" for its viral "Scarecrow" ad campaign, but backed out after they advanced him the first half of his fee.
Ocean's legal team says he was deceived, shown a video with no Chipotle branding, and told the song would be used in a campaign to promote responsible farming. They also claim Ocean was promised final approval on the project.
Ocean himself had a much more direct response. He wrote Chipotle a check for the full amount of the advance, wrote "FUCK OFF" in the memo line, and posted it on his Tumblr without comment.
Will Chipotle actually fuck off? The check does appear to satisfy their complaint that he didn't return the money when asked, but they could still fight him over legal fees.
Update: Chipotle says "We've seen the photo, but haven't received the check."
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