ANOHNI shared a new studio version of her cover of Gloria Gaynor's classic anthem "I Will Survive," along with a statement about her refusal to license an old live version of the song to Facebook for an ad campaign. "Although I really could have used the money," ANOHNI writes, "I said no because I didn't want to be complicit in Facebook’s hosting of fake news which might enable the re-election of Donald Trump. They wrote back saying that they were placating other participants' concerns by making donations to their charities of choice, in addition to paying them. I woke up the next morning and realized this isn't even advertising; this is politics, and i don't even know how deep this water is. This company Droga5 worked with Obama and Google and others. I had to walk away."

ANOHNI goes on to write that artists should band together to leave social media networks, including Facebook, Instagram, and Google. "We must endeavor to rebuild our lives and our communities, our private conversations, in ways that don't rely on manipulative infrastructures and interfaces provided by the world’s richest corporations," she writes.

"I Will Survive" was "the first song I ever sang in nightclubs in NYC when I was 20 years old," ANOHNI continues, and her new studio version is accompanied by video of her and late artist and activist Chloe Dzubilo from 1992 and 1994. Watch it, and read the statement in full, below.

In June, Facebook offered me 200,000$ to license an old live version (2001) of me singing “I Will Survive” for an advertisement that represented Facebook as an advocate for small businesses. Although I really could have used the money, I said no because I didn't want to be complicit in Facebook’s hosting of fake news which might enable the re-election of Donald Trump. They wrote back saying that they were placating other participants' concerns by making donations to their charities of choice, in addition to paying them. I woke up the next morning and realized this isn't even advertising; this is politics, and i don't even know how deep this water is. This company Droga5 worked with Obama and Google and others. I had to walk away.

A month later I saw the ad. Facebook had hired another singer to emulate my version of the song.
It was a nauseating feeling.

We all know that Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon and others now seem to be destroying our lives, our minds, our jobs, our cultures, and our societies' ability to govern themselves.

We as artists were the first ones to be led to the stall to begin feeding, and being drained by, companies including Apple and Facebook.

And now as artists, we should be the first to leave. We must show that it is possible to live without Instagram, without Facebook, without Google and Amazon. We must endeavor to rebuild our lives and our communities, our private conversations, in ways that don't rely on manipulative infrastructures and interfaces provided by the world’s richest corporations.

After the Facebook debacle, I felt compelled to complete my studio version of “I Will Survive”. It was the first song I ever sang in nightclubs in NYC when I was 20 years old. I sang it hundreds of times. In those days I sang it thinking of Marsha P. Johnson and the underground queer community struggling to survive in the face of AIDS. Now it seems to me like an anthem for the future of life on earth.

Obviously, Youtube is owned by Google. I haven't closed all my accounts. But I want to talk to you about this; I want to be a part of this conversation.

ANOHNI
October 31th 2020

I Will Survive (Perren, Frederick J.; Fekaris, Dino) p.Universal Music Publishing Group

voice and piano ANOHNI
guitars by Oren Bloedow
strings by Max Moston
mixed by Alex Silva

video featuring Anohni and Chloe Dzubilo, 1992/94
Performance and Video c. Rebis Music 2020