We go way back. Back to the days when you and Blake were more than just band mates. Back to the days before “Portions for Foxes” was used in that episode of The O.C. when Marissa skipped school to drive to L.A. with her soon-to-be girlfriend Alex. Even before you sang with the Postal Service on Give Up. I’ve been there through it all and now I’ve just got to let you know that I’m really, really disappointed. You can probably guess why, but just in case you need to have you memory jogged, please watch (and listen) to this:
Ugh. Really Jenny? You thought your fans would be down with an awesome Rilo Kiley song being used in a Carl’s Jr. ad? Come on.
Even though you never outright said it, I always thought of you as a feminist. You appear confident, tough and totally in charge of your sexuality. Even if you don’t identify as a feminist, I thought you’d at least have the wherewithal to correctly identify Carl’s Jr. as a socially unconscious corporation with despicable and offensive commercial advertisements and consequently respond accordingly when asked to license your song to them. Yes, I know you are not the sole decision maker in the band, but I’d be willing to bet you have quite a bit of leverage as the front woman and I’m pretty confident you could have vetoed the use of “Moneymaker” in the ad.
I hate to say it, but I think this event marks a significant turning point in our relationship. I didn’t mind too much when you approved your music to be used on Grey’s Anatomy, Weeds or even Nip/Tuck, but this time you’ve gone too far. You just jumped the shark, feministicly speaking.
Your former #1 fan,