The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star, Alfonzo Ribeiro, is suing Epic Games over dance moves used within the game.
Aptly named, ‘the Carlton’ after Ribeiro’s character Carlton Banks. First airing on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air the dance has remained iconic to the show and Ribeiro. Swinging those hips and arms from side-to-side, bopping merrily along to Tom Jones. What’s not to love? For many, the dance is a new pop culture experience that has come from playing Fortnite.
Ribeiro is the process of having the move copyrighted and is suing Epic Games for their use of the dance in Fortnite Battle Royale. Where players have the option to purchase the in-game emote titled the ‘fresh’ emote.
Ribeiro is also suing 2K for their use of ‘the Carlton’ in NBA 2K16. Prior to Ribeiro, 2 Milly filed against 2K for their use of his dance ‘The Milly’ in the game.
Russell [The Backpack Kid] Horning’s mother also come forward and is suing Epic for the use of her sons move “the floss” as a buyable emote.
Ribeiro’s lawyer has stated,
“It is widely recognized that Mr. Ribeiro’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite.”
Going on to say, “Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like “Fresh.” Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property.”