THR -Chipotle is suing Frank Ocean. The Mexican food restaurant says it paid Ocean $212,500 to lend his vocal skills to an ad campaign, and that the musician backed out without delivering the song. According to Chipotle’s suit, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the restaurant struck a deal with Ocean via CAA to record a track called “Pure Imagination” for a marketing campaign named the Scarecrow. The suit says Chipotle and CAA discussed the project with Ocean, telling him the campaign was to promote local and sustainably-sourced food, while warning of the dangers of industrial farming. Ocean was informed Chipotle was funding the campaign, and that it was an advertisement for the restaurant. Ocean agreed to come onboard after he was shown the animated film his song would accompany. Chipotle says the version Ocean viewed was roughly 80 percent complete and did not yet include the Chipotle logo at the end of the film. In July 2013, Ocean was paid $212,500, with another $212,500 to come after he delivered the track. But on August 7, 2013 – the deadline for Ocean to deliver the song – he informed Chipotle he would not participate in the project, according to the suit.
Wahhhhhh. Frank Ocean got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and isn’t happy about having to drop the cookie and go to his room. What a fucking cry baby. Bro. You stole over $200,000. I’m not a lawyer (glad I cleared that up) but you’re not allowed to do that. However, I will strap on my lawyer dungarees, because I know a lot about the law and various other lawyerings. I’m well educated. Well versed. and break down how deals work: Chipotle, home of delicious burritos and overpriced yet necessary guacamole, agreed to pay you $425,000 to sing the song from Willy Wonka. In good faith, they sent you half the money beforehand. Now, all Franklin here had to do was sing the Willy Wonka song, like we all have done thousands of times before. And he didn’t do it. That’s not how deals work. So the lawyer in me concludes that you can’t just take the $212,500 without also giving them their song. Take your ball and go home, Frank Ocean, but don’t steal from my homies at Chipotle in the process. Chipotle is like my family. Don’t besmirch us. Filibuster.