Thursday, July 9, 2020

Go Away, Lady Antebellum


I love the fact that I can rail against Lady Antebellum now:
The US country group Lady A – known until recently as Lady Antebellum,before changing their name to shed slavery-era connotations – is suing the black female artist Lady A over use of the name.
When the trio first announced the name change in June out of respect for black Americans, it appeared that they were unaware that Anita White had been performing as Lady A for 20 years. “This is my life,” White said at the time.
The two parties shared an image of a Zoom call and said they were “moving forward with positive solutions and common ground”. The talks appear to have broken down. In a statement, the members of Lady A said that representatives for White “demanded a $10m [£7.79m] payment”.
The group is not seeking financial damages from White, nor that she change her stage name, but is instead suing her for recognition of a trademark it claims “we have held for many years” and to avoid further litigation.
Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood formed Lady Antebellum in 2006, and say that they faced no opposition, including from White, when they registered “Lady A” as a trademark in 2010.
“We are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” the group said in a statement. They added that with White they had “shared our stories, listened to each other, prayed and spent hours on the phone and text writing a song about this experience together.
They added: “We can do so much more together than in this dispute.”
Wait, what?

They registered "Lady A" as a trademark in 2010? Who the hell does that?

I'll tell you who does that.

If they already knew that their original name, Lady Antebellum, was "problematic" then why didn't they just change it in 2010 when they registered their fallback name as a U.S. trademark? Why didn't they do it then? To change it now, because of heightened awareness, when they already knew a decade ago that their name was linked to the institution of slavery and white supremacy smacks of opportunism. And then to go out and destroy another artist in the process is white privilege writ large.

Fuck these people, and fuck their phony appeals to doing the right thing.

They're just sharks, swimming in the water, destroying other artists, protecting their rights. They don't care about ethics. They're just lawyered up in order to crush anything that gets in their way. I hope Miss White sues their asses into bankruptcy and I hope she walks away owning their microphones, monitors, and tour bus. 

Any criticism of her asking for $10 million ignores the fact that Lady Antebellum is worth far more than that in terms of past and future earnings from their catalog. They should have paid it and they should have moved on. Now, they get to reap the whirlwind. 

Seriously, fuck them. They're the worst.

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