Diplomatic relations between the Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox haven’t gotten much better in the past few days, but a statement released this morning from the toy company might just be the closest the two sides will ever get to a ceasefire.
Pitchfork pointed out this morning that the company has posted an open letter to the Beastie Boys that hopes to quell their frustration, which likely would have led to some form of legal action.
“We don’t want to fight with you,” the company’s letter reads. “When we made our parody version of your song, “Girls”, we did it with the best of intentions. We wanted to take a song we weren’t too proud of, and transform it into a powerful anthem for girls.” The folks at GoldieBlox insist that they had no idea the late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch included in his will the desire to never use the band’s music in advertisements.
“Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours,” the statement adds.
The company has removed the song from their advertisement, which it hopes will put an end to the strife once and for all. You can read the open letter in full via the company website. A world that is free of all advertisements that infringe on the Beasties’ material—peace in our time.