Lady Antebellum Changes Name Because…Racism. Now They’re Suing A Black Singer. Oh, The Irony.

(Tea Party 247) – In an attempt to be as woke and self-deprecating as possible in 2020 America, country band Lady Antebellum made the announcement that they would be changing their incredibly racist and offensive name that nobody has been offended by over the last 15+ years until now, to Lady A. This announcement came after the push for everything and every white person in America to be racist intensified in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

In a most ironic, and if we’re being honest, amusing twist the band has run into issues claiming the name Lady A and are now suing a blues singer who also goes by that moniker. Lady A, the jazz singer, is a black woman. Need we say more?

Fox News has more:

Country band Lady A has filed a lawsuit over trademark rights against a blues singer who uses the same name.

In June, the band — previously known as Lady Antebellum — changed their name “after much personal reflection” and conversations with “closest Black friends” because the word “Antebellum” refers to a period of time “which includes slavery,” they said.

A blues singer from Seattle, Wash., however, had already been using the name for more than two decades.

Now, the country trio is taking legal action, a rep confirmed to Fox News, after the blues singer — whose name is Anita White — has allegedly made an “attempt to enforce purported trademarks rights in a mark that Plaintiffs have held for more than a decade,” per the suit.

Additionally, the suit — which was filed on Wednesday in Nashville’s U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee — reportedly alleges that White and her representation “delivered a draft settlement agreement that included an exorbitant monetary demand.” According to Billboard, $10 million was requested.

“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” said a statement from the band obtained by Fox News. “She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.”

The suit claims that the group has been using both monikers — Lady Antebellum and Lady A — interchangeably since around 2006 or 2007, and that in July 2011, they registered Lady A with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with no opposition.

“Prior to 2020, White did not challenge, in any way, Plaintiffs’ open, obvious, and widespread nationwide and international use of the LADY A mark as a source indicator for Plaintiffs’ recorded, downloadable, and streaming music and videos, Plaintiffs’ live musical performances, or Plaintiffs’ sale of souvenir merchandise,” the suit claims.

Just a day after the band announced they would be changing their official name to Lady A, Rolling Stone published an interview with White who was critical of the band’s decision, to say the least.

“This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I’ve used it for over 20 years, and I’m proud of what I’ve done,” she said.

White continued, “This is too much right now. They’re using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment in time. If it mattered, it would have mattered to them before. It shouldn’t have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it.”

That is an excellent point on which we agree. If the name was so problematic why did it take over 15 years for them to realize it?

The blues singer went on to say that “it’s an opportunity for them to pretend they’re not racist or pretend this means something to them.” It really isn’t fair to assert the band is “pretending” to not be racist though the gesture to change their name does most certainly appear disingenuous.

“If it did, they would’ve done some research. And I’m not happy about that. You found me on Spotify easily — why couldn’t they?” White contended.

White says the band did not reach out to her before making the name switch.

According to the blues singer, the band didn’t reach out to her before making the switch, which she called a display of “pure privilege” despite the fact that the band has had a trademark on the name Lady A since 2011 but, that’s neither here nor there, apparently.

“I’m not going to lay down and let this happen to me,” she added. “But now the burden of proof is on me to prove that my name is, in fact, mine, and I don’t even know how much I’ll have to spend to keep it.”

Perhaps Lady Antebellum should have just stuck with their original name and kept their virtue-signaling to themselves and this whole mess would have been avoided.

20 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t care what the skank changes her name to. she’s dead in the water, and how can she sue a Black woman who has been going by that name, I hope she loses.

  2. A hundred years from now, if the human race is still in existance, the melanin deficient will reflect on 2020, request reparations, and request the all Republican Congress and SCOTUS to wipe out the heavily pigmented because said targets were terroristic and descendants don’t need to be. Of course, Barron’s grandson, President Trump, would explain that these people can’t be held responsible for their ancestors’ actions, reparations were still out of the question just as they were under his great grandfather and his great aunt. (There’s something to be said about late-in-life babies.)

    Celebrity vocalists will still form groups with meaningful.names. The definition of antebellum will still mean before the war. Today it refers to life before the civil war but primarily to an architectural design of home. I have no idea what the group meant. Sounds like a brilliant idea from a high. I suppose the one who gets to use it is the one who registered it first not used it first. Some issues are really easy to resolve. Share has nothing to do with it!

  3. I don’t know , but where is the mind of millennials going? Is this the generation of people that would lead our children & grandchildren? It is just pathetic

  4. If I personally have that Antebellum last name , I would not change it for anything, especially if I was not guilty of slavery & I honestly with all my heart, am not guilty of racism. I will not allow anyone or any movement especially one that has An underlying agenda to influence me or change me.

  5. Whats in a name? Most Black people have European names that was originally gotten from their masters. So What. When people take on a name, they eventually make the name their own and make it one they can be proud of.

  6. Well I have never even heard of them,but these cowardly white people really are no help. They will trade their souls for peace and safety. They have already traded their freedoms and liberties for peace and safety. Sadly they will get neither because the left will never be satisfied or happy. They more they get the worse they will get pretty soon we will be Amerika. It will be Obama ‘s Amerika. This is what it is all about transforming America to communism. Obama started it and now it must be finished. All should know Obama’s mother was communism and his 2 fathers were. He was elected not once but twice as President just look at the damage he has done. Thanks to our politicians in government we have commies all over American soil. This is what it is all about it was never justice and racism? Well they invent racist crimes that should tell you all you need to know! Yes the cowardly white are no help but making us look weak and pathetic!

  7. I think the blues singer Lady A should change her last name, it’s “WHITE”, I’m offended, I think all black people with the last name of white should now have to change it bc I find that RACIST. TURN AROUND IS FAIR PLAY
    Lady Antebellum you guys are just pathetic what else can I say.

    • Well I have never even heard of them,but these cowardly white people really are no help. They will trade their souls for peace and safety. They have already traded their freedoms and liberties for peace and safety. Sadly they will get neither because the left will never be satisfied or happy. They more they get the worse they will get pretty soon we will be Amerika. It will be Obama ‘s Amerika. This is what it is all about transforming America to communism. Obama started it and now it must be finished. All should know Obama’s mother was communism and his 2 fathers were. He was elected not once but twice as President just look at the damage he has done. Thanks to our politicians in government we have commies all over American soil. This is what it is all about it was never justice and racism? Well they invent racist crimes that should tell you all you need to know! Yes the cowardly white are no help but making us look weak and pathetic! They sure are

  8. Just go back to Lady Antebellum … same for the Dixie Chicks … why should the “woke” idiots tell everyoine what to do … people will still buy your music … same with the Washington Redskins – you want to change the name, change it to Washington Sell-Outs, Washington Quitters, Washington Folders – screw these “woke” people …

  9. Teaparty page is a big joke with all of these ads in the comment section. They won’t even do anything to stop it. Talk about Liberals!!!

  10. Lady A stop pandering! You are who you are, if you’re changing you’re name then drop the lawsuit, don’t drop the lawsuit, keep your name!
    Not gone listen to your music anymore!

    • Me either. Loved their music, won’t buy it now. Maybe “wokeness”will feel the pinch of being weak.

  11. This “woke” phenomenon (which is a form of RACISM in itself) has GOT to stop! . . . I WON’T conform, take a bow, shine shoes, etc. for ANY of these subhuman FOOLS who demand or do this. Only an IDIOT (basically a LEFTIST who doesn’t GET it) does this. And, this was CAUSED by godless COMMUNISTS (ANTIFA, BLM and other DEGENERATES), which I WON’T be part of. One Enlightened and DISGUSTED Patriot. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

Leave a Reply to BarbKittle Cancel reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here