Join us in raising a glass to the xx. The indie rockers recently released a statement condemning the use of one of their songs in a Croation anti-gay marriage advertisement, which has since been taken down. Details below.
It was hard to get away from the Wandsworth’s outfit debut in 2009. Not that that was a bad thing. xx was widely hailed as one of the best albums of the year, and for good reason. Their last album Coexist dropped in 2011. The band has also been featured recently in the The Great Gatsby, as well as Fox’s coverage of the World Series.
Seriously though, you’d think anti-gay activists would be sharp enough not to borrow a song from anyone who released an album called Coexist. Nope. U ime obitelji, a Croatian group, has gathered the support necessary to force a referendum on the country’s stance on gay marriage. If successful, the referendum would define marriage constitutionally as being between a man and a woman.
And yes, they tried to use a song from the xx, who weren’t pleased. Full statement from the group below:
It has come to our attention that our music has been used without our permission in a promotional advert by the Croatian organisation “U ime obitelji”. We wish to state that we didn’t, and would never, approve the use of our music by this organisation. To be clear, we unconditionally support the equal right to marriage regardless of sexuality.
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