In what world is it okay to take an advance for a commercial, not do the commercial, and expect to keep the money? In Frank Ocean’s world, apparently.
Frank Ocean was paid a $212,500 advance by Chipotle to record a cover of Willy Wonka‘s “Pure Imagination” for an ad. Later, Chipotle showed Frank the video of the final ad. Frank was unhappy that the Chipotle logo appeared at the end. He thought the ad was exclusively about responsible farming and wanted the logo removed. Frank thought he had final say over the advertisement, and when Chipotle didn’t remove the logo he decided not to record the song.
Chipotle then sued Frank Ocean to get their advance back.
Now Frank Ocean has sent Chipotle a check for $212,500, writing “FUCK OFF” on it.
He then posted a picture of the check on his Tumblr.
Here’s the final version of the ad. Fiona Apple sang the cover for Chipotle.