Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers jumped headfirst into the Chick-fil-A firestorm this week with the cutest, catchiest protest video to hit the web – and they hope it will benefit LGBT equality.
Their original protest song, “Dear Chick-Fil-A,” has gotten more than 20,000 views on YouTube in just a couple of days.
The song is now available for purchase with a portion of proceeds benefiting Freedom to Marry. Kam, 25, is a cover musician and a student; Chambers, 21, is an actress, model and singer.
A dynamic musical duo and a real-life couple living in Atlanta, Kam and Chambers tuned us in to how they met, their musical backgrounds, and how they got inspired to sing about our least-favorite chicken chain.
How did you two meet? How long have you been together?
Chrissy: It was pretty romantic. I went out with some friends in Atlanta and in my mind I wanted to meet a female performer – I never had dated a girl at that point – and sure enough, I walked into my first-ever gay bar, and this beautiful brunette approached me. We were both pretty crazy about each other ever since. We have been together nine months.
What inspired you to make this video?
Chrissy and Bria: We both had the desire to have our voices heard; we wanted to do it in a peaceful, silly way. We went and protested at the Decatur Chick-fil-A, but we knew that that would be a onetime event. With a video we have the ability to reach the masses and really have our voices heard. We also want to help raise money for organizations like Freedom To Marry.
Have you been involved in LGBT activism before?
Bria: Not in the way we are now. I have performed at the Pride festival three times in the last five years, as well as donating my time performing for youth Pride events.
What kind of musical training does each of you have?
Bria: I have been singing since I was five. Both my mother and father are singers, so I was kinda doomed. I have had private professional training since I was a kid. I play a little bit of drums and guitar but my main passions are piano and singing.
Chrissy: I really came into singing about three years ago when I started working with different producers and found my love for the craft. Once we met and realized our similar passions we soon saw the chance for us both to pursue a duo group. We both complement each other well.
How long did it take you to write the song?
Bria: Chrissy and I went into Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, the customer appreciation day, and we kissed, of course. We went home and I felt so inspired, not mad, to sit down at my piano. I wrote it in about two hours.
What kind of response have you gotten so far?
It’s been very mixed. Thankfully it’s taken a more positive turn in the last two days, because the first responses were pretty brutal. Here is an example of some of the things people have said to us: “You guys are just a couple of trash digging f*ggot psychopath, homosexual whores, cool hope you get HIV bitch.” Let’s just say we’ve never read the word skank so many times in our lives. But it’s when we read comments like this, “You two make a beautiful couple and what you're doing is helping more people than you know. Thank you,” and having multiple people coming out to us on Facebook, that it makes all the harassment worth it.
What are you hoping to achieve?
Bria: I keep having this recurring dream where Chrissy and I end up on The Ellen Show, and at the very end of our interview Ellen goes, “Well we have a surprise for you,” and she pulls out this check for $500,000, and she says, “This goes to any charity of your choice.” I know that seems a little eager, but you can’t really help where your dreams take you.
Any other catchy LGBT protest songs in the works that we can look forward to?
Well of course! We have two that are pretty much written. We plan on filming one [Tuesday] actually entitled, “I Have Two Moms.” We also have so many more ideas that we are eager to put into action. We love that there is a great avenue for our creativity and for our voice!