Rick James Parody Of A Parody Draws Lawsuit

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – Las Vegas based internet company Tshirthell.com has been handed a Cease and Desist Order from the Rick James Trust, which has taken offense to their “I’m Rick James’ Ghost, Bitch” t-shirt.

The company has been in a similar position multiple times, including suits over shirts concerning the Olson Twins and Christopher Reeve.

Site creator Aaron Schwarz has commented in a press release from the company, “We’ve received cease and desist letters before, but never from someone who is deceased. That’s not just freaky, it’s super freaky!”

T-Shirt Hell is taking the suit lightly, as they point out that it is actually a parody of Dave Chapelle’s impression of James on his Comedy Central show. Says Schwarz, “It’s a parody of a parody; I mean how much further removed from the real Rick James could it possibly be? And if you really want to get technical about it, the shirt is really about Rick James ghost, not Rick James. These people can’t really believe they represent his ghost, do they?”

Staying true to their offensive-style-of-humor, T-Shirt Hell’s Editor-In-Chief Keisha Hyomoto said in the press release, “I do not believe a ghost should be bound by documents that were signed by a living person, any more than these documents would be binding to a vampire, zombie, or werewolf. Well, actually werewolves aren’t dead, so they should be held accountable, I guess.”

Lawyers for the Rick James Trust could not be reached for comment. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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