Frank Ocean recently decided to weigh in on the Chipotle lawsuit in a very unusual and surprising manner.
In case you haven’t heard, the singer was recently sued by the restaurant chain after he failed to live up to his end of a recent ad campaign. Instead of returning the $212,500 advance he received, Ocean decided to keep the cash and skip out on a rendition of “Pure Imagination” he was originally hired to record.
Since Chipotle didn’t receive the work they requested, the company is asking Frank Ocean to kindly return the money. In their opinion, the guy was “unjustly enriched” by the arrangement. When Ocean dropped the ball, the restaurant ended up hiring Fiona Apple to finish the project.
Instead of realizing you can’t get something for nothing and simply returning the payment, Frank Ocean decided to send a nasty message to the company who hired him for the job. According to USA Today, Ocean posted a picture of the reimbursement check on his Tumblr page. He also wrote “F*** Off” in the memo section.
Check out the check in question below.
Frank Ocean is a funny guy. pic.twitter.com/6IAKTPRMHx
— We$ Du¢e (@wesduce) March 11, 2014
Although Frank claims he sent the check to Chipotle in response to the recent lawsuit, apparently the restaurant hasn’t received the payment just yet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the chain is still waiting to for the reimbursement to arrive.
“We’ve seen the photo, but haven’t received a check,” a rep for Chipotle told the publication. In other words, Ocean’s check is still in the mail.
So why did Frank Ocean decide to back out of the deal? According to reports, he wasn’t at all happy that the restaurant’s logo would appear in the video for his version of “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In his opinion, the company misled him about the specifics of the arrangement.
His attorneys explained:
“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.”
What do you think about Frank Ocean putting a nasty memo on his reimbursement check to Chipotle? Is the singer just acting childish about the situation?
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