ATTENTION ALL GAMERS: Yes, things happened in pop culture before that electronic box of lovejoy plugged you into netherworlds and other games of euphoria.
That said, meet Alfonso “Carlton Banks” Ribeiro.
You may know this guy from Dancing with the Stars or America’s Funniest Videos, but before all that fame, he made his mark in the lives of millions as Will Smith’s cousin in The Fresh Prince of Belair.
His uptight, homogenized, booshie lifestyle was hilarious to watch, namely when his cousin was this fresh, hip cat from South Philly. Alfonso put much of his own flair into the role of Carlton, but probably none more notable than ‘The Carlton Dance.’
Now if that looks familiar, it finally did to Ribeiro who has evidently been in a storm shelter since last July. It seems while you and your pals have been playing Fortnite, there was some blatant copyright infringement taking place.
And now, Ribeiro would like to
get paid… eh, put a stop to the abuse of his intellectual property. WNBC-TV (NY) is reporting a lawsuit against Epic Games, the makers of ‘Fortnite’ for “stealing his dance.”
“Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like “Fresh.,” attorney David Hecht said in a statement. “Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property.”
Evidently, David Hecht, Esquire has been trolling all video games in defense of his client. Both he and Ribeiro filed a similar suit against Take Two Interactive and Visual Concepts for adding a similar emote to the NBA 2K games.
Don’t worry, Epic Games. To borrow a familiar note, “It’s not unusual” … to get busted for borrowing, well… being inspired, um… gleaning, wait… stealing.
Guess it’ll take an actual fortnight to pay him back.