It’s rare that a mobile app manages to cause a stirrup, but when it happens, it’s always funny – as is the case with Chubby Checker (the legendary singer behind “The Twist”) and Chubby Checker (the app).
As you may have already guessed, Chubby isn’t happy about HP and Palm hosting his namesake, but what exactly is the problem here? Well, it turns out CC is actually an app, designed to estimate… penis size. Some excerpts from the app’s description read: “Any of you ladies out there just start seeing someone new and wondering what the size of there member is?... Now with The Chubby Checker there is no need for disappointment or surprise...” That sure is a classy move. Disappointment and surprise couldn’t be avoided though, when the singer (real name Ernest Evans) found out about the cheeky app.
According to the lawsuit he filed with Saint Lucie County (Fla.) Federal Court this week, the app is damaging to his good reputation. That’s arguable at least, since the app makes no reference to the singer or his work whatsoever. Then again, it probably doesn’t feel too good to share a name with that. Evans’s lawyer said in a statement for MarketWatch later on in the week: "The "app" adversely affects Chubby Checker's brand and value and if allowed to continue, will cause serious damage to the Plaintiff's goodwill and will tarnish his image that he has worked to maintain over the last 50 years." We see their point, after all, how was Evans supposed to predict slang trends fifty years in advance, when picking a pseudonym?
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One time heart throb Chubby Checker has had an apparent loss of humour after filing a lawsuit against a product related to something else that occasionally throbs.
The Chubby Checker app claims to be able to accurately the measure the size of a man’s penis from his shoe size, with the word chubby meaning penis. If you hadn’t worked that out already. Its makers Hewlett-Packard and subsidiary Palm Inc. are under fire from the ageing pop singer though, who claims that he has the sole rights to the name Chubby Checker. He’s positively erect with anger we reckon. His lawyer Mr Gary, first name unfortunately being Willie, wrote in a statement: "This lawsuit is about preserving the integrity and legacy of a man who has spent years working hard at his musical craft and has earned the position of one of the greatest musical entertainers of all time.” Continuing, he added that there’d been a severe dysfunction in the way that Hewlett-Packard and Palm Inc. had got down to it, claiming "We cannot sit idly and watch as technology giants or anyone else exploits the name or likeness of an innocent person with the goal of making millions of dollars.”
Checker is suing the companies for $500 million. No, we’ve not stopped sniggering all way through writing that actually, we only hope that a Mr. Johnson will also be getting involved somewhere down the line.
Chubby Checker Saturday 10th July 2010 performs 'The Twist' in celebration of 50 years since the original release released by the Philly label Cameo-Parkway outside City Hall. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cleverly structured with archival dance instruction footage between vignettes, we are exposed to dances like the Lindy Bop, the Hop, and the Stroll, leading up to the infamous Twist, plus dances like the Monkey and the Mashed Potato that followed. Of course, nothing ever reached the popularity of the Twist (jeez, "Let's Twist Again" was #1 on the charts for over three months!).
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