Frank Ocean Writes F-Bomb Check to Chipotle for $212,000


Over the weekend Towleroad reported that Chipotle was suing Frank Ocean for the $212,500 advance it paid him, after he backed out of singing "Pure Imagination" for their animated ad that went viral last September. Ocean claimed he was promised final say over the ad and was told it would not contain a logo.

Fiona Apple ended up performing the song. Watch the ad HERE.

Ocean responded to the restaurant chain with a check (above) containing a strongly worded note that he posted to his Tumblr today.


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  1. Doesn't make sense to sing a song for a commercial and not have the logo appear.

    Posted by: Macmantoo | Mar 10, 2014 9:24:16 PM

  2. Good. He just learned how to write checks.

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 10, 2014 9:35:40 PM

  3. What a total PoS he's acting like...especially for a good message. They're better going with someone a bit more mature and less full of themselves.

    Posted by: max | Mar 10, 2014 9:38:07 PM

  4. rap has a long history of going up against corporate interests.

    Posted by: snork | Mar 10, 2014 9:40:01 PM

  5. SNORK - He's not a rapper.

    Posted by: Mikey | Mar 10, 2014 9:49:16 PM

  6. He's not a rapper, he's a singer.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 10, 2014 9:50:18 PM

  7. He can say anything he wants to me, for $212,500.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 10, 2014 9:53:45 PM

  8. Guess money doesn't buy class. Or taste in boyfriends for that matter.

    Posted by: Oh vey | Mar 10, 2014 10:01:36 PM

  9. Fiona Apple > him

    He violated the contract. It's as simple as that.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 10, 2014 10:16:33 PM

  10. I am impressed.
    I once wrote F@#$ You on a (final) rent check.
    It was cashed.

    Posted by: bravo | Mar 10, 2014 10:44:41 PM

  11. Not impressed at all. He paid back the money he owed them and wrote an obscenity on the check. Bad karma.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Mar 10, 2014 10:53:22 PM

  12. So low class.

    You take the check to do the job and then whine when you have to return the money because you didn't do what you were contracted to do.

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 10, 2014 10:55:13 PM

  13. so he cut ties with a corporation that appropriates the culture not their own. good. I have never and will never give chipotle a penny.

    Posted by: Bellah | Mar 10, 2014 11:22:44 PM

  14. burning those bridges - hope it all works out.

    Posted by: freak | Mar 10, 2014 11:31:34 PM

  15. Things worked out for the best. Fiona's cover was great.

    Posted by: daws | Mar 10, 2014 11:39:01 PM

  16. We have no idea what the circumstances are. We know what Chipotle says but Ocean has made no public other then writing them a check (he could have stiffed them and gone on to court) and make a notable remark. I think we've all wanted to do that at one time or another and if it involved more than two hundred thousand dollars we wouldn't have hesitated. Benefit of the doubt here. I could be totally wrong but hey, who are we to judge?

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 10, 2014 11:43:54 PM

  17. You shouldn't have signed the contract if you didn't agree to the terms and conditions.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 10, 2014 11:50:48 PM

  18. Geez- if you want artistic purity don't sign up to make corporate ads. And its not like he is the worlds best singer. He had to realize why they hired him.

    Posted by: robroy | Mar 11, 2014 12:44:27 AM

  19. the only song I like by him is "Eyes Like Sky" plus he wrote "Freedom" and "1st and Love" for Brandy which are both awesome. Otherwise...? I wonder how much of this has to do with a racial narrative...him feeling like a black guy that has been crapped on having to give money to a "white" company. what the hell happened is what I'd like to know. probably typical selfish drugged-out celebrity bullcrap.

    Posted by: steve | Mar 11, 2014 12:48:58 AM

  20. Steve and others, I believe the point is that Frank didn't agree to the terms. According to his lawyers, Chipotle wasn't upfront about their involvement in the commercial. According to Chipotle, the commercial that Frank Ocean saw didn't contain their logo. Ocean should have returned the money, but obviously he feels like the company duped was not honest in the way that they handled the situation.

    Posted by: Cadence | Mar 11, 2014 12:57:21 AM

  21. Steve,

    What evidence do you have that Frank Ocean is relying on some racial narrative or that he has a drug problem?

    Just because he happens to be black? Check yourself please.

    Posted by: Brian W. | Mar 11, 2014 12:59:23 AM

  22. What a fag.

    Posted by: litper | Mar 11, 2014 1:09:07 AM

  23. Some of you white girls are never satisfied. Such a f*cked up community this is.

    Posted by: CHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Mar 11, 2014 2:01:11 AM

  24. the White Gays™ of Towleroad continue to find a way to be racist about literally everything involving a black person.

    Posted by: JMC | Mar 11, 2014 2:11:39 AM

  25. It's weirdly coded, too. Assuming he's a rapper. Assuming there's a racial narrative. Calling him low class.


    Posted by: Mikey | Mar 11, 2014 2:24:43 AM

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