Bay Area toy maker GoldieBlox said Wednesday that its intention is to be "friends" with the Beastie Boys and that it meant no harm in creating a parody version of the act's mid-'80s hit "Girls" for an online commercial.
The music has been pulled from the advertisement.
"We don't want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans," read a statement attributed to GoldieBlox founder Debbie Sterling. "When we made our parody version of your song, 'Girls,' we did it with the best of intentions. We wanted to take a song we weren't too proud of, and transform it into a powerful anthem for girls."
GoldieBlox last week scored a viral hit with its parody commercial that featured a new take on "Girls," replacing the gender-stereotyping lyrics of the original with new lyrics that call for girls to build apps and spaceships. The lyrics of the GoldieBlox parody also feature the company's staunch anti-pink-toy message.
The commercial centers on a Rube Goldberg-like contraption with which GoldieBlox building toys one by one destroys the more cliched products often targeted to women -- a heart pillow, a pink tea set, etc.
GoldieBlox was founded on a socially aware message, noting in its branding that men still outnumber women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
"Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours," the company said. "Since actions speak louder than words, we have already removed the song from our video. In addition, we are ready to stop the lawsuit as long as this means we will no longer be under threat from your legal team."
The Beastie Boys have long poked fun at themselves and even disavowed their early lyrics as band members became more politically active.
"Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial 'GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg & the Beastie Boys,' we were very impressed by the creativity and the message behind your ad," the Beastie Boys' statement read.
"When we tried to simply ask how and why our song 'Girls' had been used in your ad without our permission," the act's statement concluded, "YOU sued US."