Lady Antebellum might be on the phone right now with their lawyer saying, “I need you now.”
The country trio announced yesterday that after some soul searching, they’ve decided to change their name to Lady A. The word “antebellum” is antiquated with racial undertones and– after conversations with their “closest black friends”– decided it was time for a change.
The band’s decision comes after the weeks of unrest after George Floyd’s death in police custody. The band members said they have opened their eyes to “the injustices, inequality and biases black women and men have always faced.”
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One problem. There is a black Seattle blues singer named Lady A who has been performing under the name for 20 years, Rolling Stone reported. And she is not happy that the band didn’t reach out to her before their announcement.
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The report said that Lady A, whose real name is Anita White, is unhappy with the band and pointed to “the irony” that the band changed its name to support racial equality.
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“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,” she said.
The report pointed out that White, 61, is a singer with multiple albums, all while working for the Seattle Public Utilities.
“It’s an opportunity for them to pretend they’re not racist or pretend this means something to them,” she adds. “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?”
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She told Rolling Stone that the band’s move was a prime example of privilege and she plans to meet with an attorney.
“For them to not even reach out is pure privilege. I’m not going to lay down and let this happen to me. 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.”
Lady Antebellum’s new name, Lady A, is the name used by a black singer for decades – and she’s not happy about it
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 12, 2020