What Donald Trump’s Micropenis Can Teach You about Free Speech

“My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.” – Donald Trump to Page Six on April 3, 2011.

“If they’re small, something else must be small,” [about Marco Rubio referring to his hands and genitals,] “I guarantee you there’s no problem, I guarantee you.” – Donald Trump at the March 3, 2016 Republican Primary Debate in Detroit, Michigan.

Donald Trump is not one to take the high road and let an insult to his manhood go unchallenged. So, it comes as little surprise that when Los Angeles based artist Illma Gore painted a nude portrait of him, Donald Trump, or at least his people, took an interest. The artwork, a censored version of which is shown below, shows a nude Donald Trump, face contorted in the midst an undoubtedly newsworthy quote, micropenis smugly displayed (uncensored version here). Titled “Make America Great Again,” Gore first shared it on Facebook with the tag line, “You can be a massive prick, despite what is in your pants.”

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“Make America Great Again” [censored] – Courtesy of Illma Gore – http://illmagore.com/

Although Trump’s campaign has not officially commented, Gore says a person claiming to represent Trump called her in February of 2016 threatening to sue if she sold the artwork, specifically citing Trump’s right of publicity. Considering The Donald’s litigious reputation, it’s not an outrageous claim. Continue reading

Forgive and Forget or Live to Regret? Google Evaluates One Million Links for the EU’s Right to Be Forgotten

In a previous blog post, we covered the drama surrounding the right to be forgotten (aka the right of individuals to have personal information removed from the internet that they find embarrassing, harmful, or potentially stigmatizing), its express adoption in the EU, and Google’s alleged obligation to investigate.

Since last spring, Europeans have been able to submit a demand to Google to have search results about their names removed, Continue reading

Shark Week v. Shark Fest: Comparative Advertising at its Best

It’s that time of the year again- Shark Week! The Discovery Channel’s annual week devoted to sharks of all sorts has changed from simply raising awareness to becoming the longest-running cable television programming event in history. Running annually since 1988, it’s become such a pervasive part of the pop-culture lexicon that it shows up in memes, drinking games, and even other TV shows.

So, you may have been surprised to see this NatGeo WILD advertisement come up on your TV. Continue reading

This Is How She Do: Katy Perry Threatens Copyright Suit Over “Left Shark”

The Super Bowl halftime show is nearly as big an event as the Super Bowl itself. Millions of people – many who are less than enthusiastic about football – tune in every year, so it is no surprise that the Left Shark during Perry’s “California Gurls” number received much recognition.

Perry had two dancing sharks behind her while she sang, and unfortunately, the Left Shark, found on “stage right,” seemed to have no idea what was going on, dancing off-tempo and making up its own moves in the background. Left Shark became an instant internet sensation, dancing into jokes, memes, and .gifs. And because the internet is a wonderful medium for the entrepreneurial spirit, Left Shark merchandise began appearing almost immediately afterward. Continue reading

Manuel Noriega Played by Video Game

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega sued the makers of Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision Blizzard) for portraying him in their game “as a kidnapper, murderer, and enemy of the state.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is a first person shooter game, which includes historical footage and figures from the Cold War era. In the game, Noriega helps the CIA, but eventually becomes a game mission objective in “Operation Just Cause.” He later is used in a “prisoner” exchange, and throughout the game is shown betraying his own men and others, and generally depicted as a villain.

In real life, Noriega worked with the CIA from the 1950s through the 1980s while rising in command as a Panamanian leader. However, he was eventually ousted in an American lead coup, “Operation Just Cause” in 1989, and convicted of racketeering, laundering drug money, drug smuggling, and several murders in various countries, including the United States, France, and of course, Panama. He has been serving prison time since the early 1990s. In his complaint, Noriega claims that Blizzard is using his persona and likeness for commercial gain without his permission. Continue reading