Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Chubbie Checker Sues Over the Chubbie Checker

Chubbie Checker, the iconic singer who gave us The Twist, is suing over a product called the Chubby Checker.

The Chubbie Checker (not the singer) is an app that supposedly helps people estimate a man's penis size.

Yes, there's an app for that, too! 
Chubby Checker objects to
the Chubber Checker.
Chubbie Checker, the singer, does not want his name associated with such an app, and is suing to have it stopped, or at least renamed

Checker (the singer) is suing Hewlett Packard and Palm Inc. over the issue in federal court.

Here's how TCPalm put it in their story, quoting from court documents:

"Defendants' use of the name 'Chubby Checker' in its app is likely to associate plaintiff's (trade) marks with the obscene, sexual connotation and images," the lawsuit claims, adding that the app is "blurring and tarnishing" the Chubby Checker trademark.

"Purchasers of 'The Chubby Checker' app and non-purchasing browsers of the associated Web page are being misled into believing that plaintiffs have endorsed defendant's app," the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit also notes: "Plaintiffs have received no compensation for the unauthorized us of the Chubby Checker name and trademark for 'The Chubby Checker' app."

According to TCPalm, the app has been available since November 13, 2010, and a whopping total of 84 people have downloaded it. So I guess not that many people are dying to figure out male strangers' um, dimensions.

Of course, now, we might end up with the "Streisand Effect" I referred to a little while ago, in which nobody pays attention to something a celebrity objects to until they make a big stink about it. Then that objectionable thing becomes all the rage.

Still, you can't blame Chubby Checker (the singer) for suing. I'm sure he will want to always be associated with "The Twist" and not somebody's large or small dick.

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