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February 9th, 2010
The White Stripes are suing the U.S. Air Force.
The band issued a statement on their website claiming the Air Force used a re-recorded version of their song “Fell In Love With A Girl” for an ad that ran during the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Jack and Meg add that they’re looking to take “strong action” against the military arm to prevent the ad from running in the future.
The message in full reads:
We believe our song was re-recorded and used without permission of the White Stripes, our publishers, label or management.
The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserve 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 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 plan to take strong action to stop the ad containing this music.Tweet