Restaurant Chain Sues Frank Ocean, he tells them to f**k off

Restaurant Chain Sues Frank Ocean, he tells them to f**k off

In what is a rather jumbled story it seems that an America fast food chain has sued Frank Ocean over his non appearance in one of their ads, a Net only ad that caused quite a controversy, and he may or may not have paid up.

In their suit Chipotle, a Mexican themed causal dining chain claimed that Ocean backed out of appearing in the YouTube promotion, singing a cover version of the “Willy Wonka” song “Pure Imagination” because of the fact that at the end of the video the company's logo and branding were featured.

Huh, would be anyone's first reaction to that behavior but Ocean's rep had an explanation that made a bit more sense; “When Frank was asked to participate in this project, Chipotle’s representatives told him that the thrust of the campaign was to promote responsible farming. There was no Chipotle reference or logo in the initial presentation, and Chipotle told Frank that was an intentional element of the campaign,” Frank was also promised that he’d have the right to approve the master and all advertising.”

However, Ocean, despite only completing 80% of the work that was then later completed by Fiona Apple did cash the check he was promised and that is what Chipotle are suing to get back, an amount that the lawsuit says is $212,500.

Ocean has responded. First of all he says he has paid the money back, posting a copy of the cheque - with the rather impolite little entry in the memo section - and a link to the Wikipedia entry for 'defamation' on his official Tumblr account. Christopher Edwin Breaux is the singer's real name but he has just applied to an LA court to have it legally changed to his stage name.

As mentioned, eventually Fiona Apple finished the ad, but Funny or Die made a version that was even better, one that Frank probably quite approves of. Watch that version below along with the finished commercial

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