The ad was an attack on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that was posted to the internet and used Lauper's song True Colors. Cyndi was alerted to the infraction through a phone call, saying on Twitter:
Ol, just got back from the wk sp for KInky Boots. Got a phone call saying my version of True Colors was used in commercial trashing Romney.
1st, I never approved it. I wouldn't have wanted that song to be used in that way. I think...
Whoever used my song should have asked, and 2, realized that Mr Romney can discredit himself without the use of my work. X cyn
Lauper went on to reply to some commentors, saying "life is too short to get mad. I'll just get it down" and "Sorry though, that was a healing song." She later reported that they had successfully had the song taken down.
According to Spinner.com, there still is no confirmation on who posted the ad; however, "a Jan. 12 tweet by Mitch Stewart, the Battleground States Director for Obama for America, contained a YouTube clip as well as a link to the ad. "Cyndi Lauper has never spoken truer words. Please RT.""