White Stripes Air Force Reserve Super Bowl Ad Controversy
White Stripes musicians Jack & Meg White have accused the Air Force Reserve of ripping off one of their songs in a Super Bowl ad.
In a scathing statement on its official website Tuesday, The duo warns that it is planning “strong action” against the Air Force Reserve over its Super Bowl commercial, which they claim is an unauthorized rerecording of the 2002 song “Fell in Love With a Girl.” The spot ran in selected markets, including Dallas, Las Vegas and San Francisco, during the Super Bowl telecast last Sunday.
“We believe our song was re-recorded and used without permission of the White Stripes, our publishers, label or management,” the statement read. “The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserve’s presenting this advertisement with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support.”
The White Stripes posted a video of its song alongside a link to the Air Force Reserve commercial for fan comparison.
“The White Stripes support this nation’s military, at home and during times when our country needs and depends on them. We simply don’t want to be a cog in the wheel of the current conflict, and hope for a safe and speedy return home for our troops. We have not licensed this song to the Air Force Reserve and we plan to take strong action to stop the ad containing this music.”
After Jack and Meg’s statement hit the Net late Tuesday, the ad was pulled from most online websites. A rep for the Air Force Reserve denies the copyright infringement claims, instead pointing the finger at Fast Forward Music, the company that scored the commercial. The owner of Fast Forward has in turn accused someone else. “We hired a local musician who does stuff for us in the past,” Michael Lee told Entertainment Weekly. “He created the spot. … We thought [what] we had was original [and] he claims it is original.”