Lady Antebellum Changes Name Because…Racism. Now They’re Suing A Black Singer. Oh, The Irony.
(Tea Party 247) – In an attempt to be as woke and self-deprecating as possible in 2020 America, country band Lady Antebellum made the announcement that they would be changing their incredibly racist and offensive name that nobody has been offended by over the last 15+ years until now, to Lady A. This announcement came after the push for everything and every white person in America to be racist intensified in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
In a most ironic, and if we’re being honest, amusing twist the band has run into issues claiming the name Lady A and are now suing a blues singer who also goes by that moniker. Lady A, the jazz singer, is a black woman. Need we say more?
Fox News has more:
Country band Lady A has filed a lawsuit over trademark rights against a blues singer who uses the same name.
In June, the band — previously known as Lady Antebellum — changed their name “after much personal reflection” and conversations with “closest Black friends” because the word “Antebellum” refers to a period of time “which includes slavery,” they said.
A blues singer from Seattle, Wash., however, had already been using the name for more than two decades.
Now, the country trio is taking legal action, a rep confirmed to Fox News, after the blues singer — whose name is Anita White — has allegedly made an “attempt to enforce purported trademarks rights in a mark that Plaintiffs have held for more than a decade,” per the suit.
Additionally, the suit — which was filed on Wednesday in Nashville’s U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee — reportedly alleges that White and her representation “delivered a draft settlement agreement that included an exorbitant monetary demand.” According to Billboard, $10 million was requested.
“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” said a statement from the band obtained by Fox News. “She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.”
The suit claims that the group has been using both monikers — Lady Antebellum and Lady A — interchangeably since around 2006 or 2007, and that in July 2011, they registered Lady A with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with no opposition.
“Prior to 2020, White did not challenge, in any way, Plaintiffs’ open, obvious, and widespread nationwide and international use of the LADY A mark as a source indicator for Plaintiffs’ recorded, downloadable, and streaming music and videos, Plaintiffs’ live musical performances, or Plaintiffs’ sale of souvenir merchandise,” the suit claims.
Just a day after the band announced they would be changing their official name to Lady A, Rolling Stone published an interview with White who was critical of the band’s decision, to say the least.
“This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I’ve used it for over 20 years, and I’m proud of what I’ve done,” she said.
White continued, “This is too much right now. They’re using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment in time. If it mattered, it would have mattered to them before. It shouldn’t have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it.”
That is an excellent point on which we agree. If the name was so problematic why did it take over 15 years for them to realize it?
The blues singer went on to say that “it’s an opportunity for them to pretend they’re not racist or pretend this means something to them.” It really isn’t fair to assert the band is “pretending” to not be racist though the gesture to change their name does most certainly appear disingenuous.
“If it did, they would’ve done some research. And I’m not happy about that. You found me on Spotify easily — why couldn’t they?” White contended.
White says the band did not reach out to her before making the name switch.
According to the blues singer, the band didn’t reach out to her before making the switch, which she called a display of “pure privilege” despite the fact that the band has had a trademark on the name Lady A since 2011 but, that’s neither here nor there, apparently.
“I’m not going to lay down and let this happen to me,” she added. “But now the burden of proof is on me to prove that my name is, in fact, mine, and I don’t even know how much I’ll have to spend to keep it.”
Dear fans… pic.twitter.com/7JlcH2NMl6
— Lady A (@ladya) June 11, 2020
Perhaps Lady Antebellum should have just stuck with their original name and kept their virtue-signaling to themselves and this whole mess would have been avoided.