In a new interview with Showtime’s late night talk show “Desus & Mero,” Anita White, 62, told her side of the story since being sued by the country trio, Lady Antebellum. “It’s ironic that they want to be woke, but at the same time, you only want to be partially woke,” she said Tuesday evening, appearing via Zoom.
White told hosts Desus Nice and the Kid Mero that when Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott first reached out to her (after White’s Rolling Stone interview caught the band’s attention), she immediately made it clear that she did not want to share the name.
“What does ‘coexistence’ look like? Nobody would answer that specific question,” White said. “I don’t see how coexistence is going to work,” White said. “Because as soon as you put a CD out as Lady A, you’re going to wipe me off social media. You’re going to wipe me off Amazon, iTunes and Spotify. I was very specific about what it is that would happen. So, I needed specifics as to how this was going to work, because they kept saying, ‘Oh, don’t worry, you're not going to get buried. Don’t worry about it. You’re not going to get buried.’ So, then we go to contracts. We get a contract from them. It says, ‘We’re going to give you our best efforts to make sure you don’t disappear.’”
[More Text]White says she tried to offer a “reasonable” compromise: that she and the country trio continue to work respectively under the names: “Lady A the Artist” and “Lady A the Band.” However she says this suggestion was met with “crickets.”
“Black people, indigenous people, people of color — we’ve had our artistry, our music, our language, our culture and our names taken from us. You can’t continue to take from us. Because if you’re going to be an ally, you need to put some power behind your words. If you’re going to be an ally, sometimes you have to give up something,” she added.
You can watch her full interview above.