Beastie Boys Fight Back in ‘Girls’ Parody Lawsuit: We Won’t Be Sold

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A legal battle over a parody video advertising a range of empowering girls’ toys got a lot more complicated Monday, as the Beastie Boys fought back against accusations made by toymaker GoldieBlox.

It began last week, when GoldieBlox’s ad “Girls,” based on the 1986 song by the rap trio, went viral (at the time of writing, it had 8.3 million views). The video features three young girls building a Rube Goldberg machine while adding new lyrics to the tune. The original song described women as objects of desire and purveyors of housework; the GoldieBlox version described them as scientists and engineers. Read more…

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