For liberal celebrities, the line between cultural appropriation and copyright infringement can get a little hazy at times…almost as though it were camouflaged.
That seems to be the case this week as the parent company to RealTree Camo is set to take on some of the biggest names in pop culture in court over an apparent ripoff of the iconic pattern.
Kanye West, hip hop court jester who, for better or worse married Kim Kardashian, is a defendant in the suit that has made more than a few people embrace the schadenfreude.
Awww, Ye, how does it feel, and so soon after your wife put Saint Laurent on blast for their “inspired” set? We don’t think cloning the logos out of this print changes it enough for fair use… apparently neither does @realtreeoutdoors . Maybe don’t ghost on them next time they tell you collabs cost money? Lol • #yeezy #kanye #kimkardashian #kimkardashianwest #kkw #kuwtk #realtree #realtreecamo #camo #camouflage #hunting #sport #streetwear #lawsuit #copyright #intellectualproperty #iplaw #graphicdesign #photography #outdoorphotography #yeezyseason3 #yeezyseason5 #yeezyseason6 #paparazzi #ootd #wiwt #dietprada
You see, Kanye’s brand apparently reached out to RealTree about using the iconic pattern, to which RealTree responded with a fairly standard, “sure, if you license it”. That’s when RealTree says that the Kanye representatives stopping calling.
“Jordan Outdoor Enterprises filed a lawsuit against the rapper-turned-designer’s label on Thursday, claiming that Yeezy’s camo print is an unauthorized copy of their Realtree collection.
“The alleged copycat pattern was used as a part of West’s Season 5 line for hoodies, bomber jackets, shirts, cargo pants and thigh-high boots. NBA players LeBron James’ brand, Unknwn, is also named in the lawsuit for selling the Yeezy clothes.
“Along with demanding a trial by jury, Jordan is seeking damages as well as the destruction of all remaining items of clothing using the print.”
All of this begs the question: Is this not cultural appropriation, first and foremost?
Is Kanye West selling high end clothing in urban boutiques to inner city youth? Yes.
Is he mimicking the $19.99 RealTree camo pants that any red-blooded American can purchase as your local hardware store or Walmart? Absolutely.
Is this culture-hopping or full-on appropriation?
Apparently that’s up to the left to decide. They allow only themselves to be qualified to make such socially justifying decisions.
By the way; the Kanye West branded camouflage t-shirt costs $195. On markdown.