Now this is a story all about how, Carlton’s dance got flipped, turned upside down. Now id like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you… about the legal ramifications.
Following 2 Milly’s legal action towards Epic over the use of his dance, the Milly Rock in Fortnite, it looks like the litigation floodgates have opened.
The latest dancer whose moves have been co-opted by Epic Games is Alfonso Ribiero, who you may know better as Carlton Banks from 90s TV Show The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.
Carlton Banks was a wonderfully funny character in Fresh Prince, but possibly the most legendary bit he took part in was what is now known as The Carlton Dance. In the scene, Alfonso throws down some iconic moves to Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual.”
As iconic as it is, it seems that it never crossed Epic Games’ mind to ask Alfonso for permission to use the dance in Fortnite, which contains the almost patronizing “Fresh” emote, an almost frame perfect replication of his jive.
Hence, Ribiero has launched a suit against Epic for profiting off of his intellectual property. He has also sought recompense from 2K for using his dance in their highly popular NBA series.
This is not the first suit and I doubt it will be the last. Watch this space for more news as these lawsuits develop! Epic is currently not commenting on the suits, as is their policy.