Hells Angels are a fearsome bunch, driving around on their big bikes, mullets flapping in the wind and Rock You Like A Hurricane by The Scorpions ringing in their ears. Don’t you ever cross the Hells Angels
This is a lesson that Walt Disney seems to have unwittingly learnt. Because Hells Angels is suing Disney for pinching their logo and trademarked name in a film that hasn’t even been made yet. But at least if it’s just the logo and name the Hells Angels is upset at, the Disney film can stuff itself full of idiotic moustaches and ugly women with permed peroxide hair, too much make-up and stars and stripes bikinis without fear of reprisals. Hells Angels hasn’t got round to trademarking those yet.
Next year, a film will be released call Wild Hogs. It will star Tim
Allen and John Travolta (DVDs) as two middle-aged men who go on a motorbike
journey and encounter a bunch of Hells Angels. And Hells Angels isn’t
happy about it. Not for the reasons we aren’t happy about Wild Hogs –
that the prospect of Tim Allen and John Travolta being in a film
together might create a vortex of shitness so intense that the fabric
of time itself would tear and destroy the world – but because Hells
Angels thinks that Disney will be ripping them off. Reuters reports:
In the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of California on
Wednesday, the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corp. said the characters in the
movie are identified as members of the club and wear trademark logos,
although in the suit the club said Disney had not given it a copy of
although Hells Angels hasn’t seen a Wild Hogs script and the film isn’t
even being made yet, it has filed a lawsuit against Disney, which
claims that the suit is without merit.
Surely this is a dispute that can be cleared up fairly easily – after all, an H can be turned into a B with just a couple of biro strokes, and – let’s face it – having a group of motorcyclists called Bells Angels isn’t going to make us want to go and see Tim Allen and John Travolta gurn their way through Wild Hogs any less than we already do.
[story by Stuart Heritage]