Nerdlette

New Wave Nigel [whip it good]

Posted in artlies, jalouse, this is fucking america! by nerdlette on 30 June 2008

New wave pioneers Devo are suing McDonalds for copyright infringement. The infringing item: a happy meal toy named New Wave Nigel who sports the signature red flower pot hat. A tie-in to American Idol, Nigel sings a Devo-esque song.

“This New Wave Nigel doll that they’ve created is just a complete Devo rip-off and the red hat is exactly the red hat that I designed, and it’s copyrighted and trademarked, bassist Gerald Casale told  AAP.

“They didn’t ask us anything. Plus, we don’t like McDonald’s, and we don’t like American Idol, so we’re doubly offended.”

Now I know that I risk sounding like a snob, I hate American Idol. I find the whole program tiresome, grating, and downright vile. If the show was just mean mockery of clueless and desperate countrymen, I could ignore it like so much Jerry Springer, but the winners feel like spiritless drones.

Look, I am totally unabashed about my love for certain pop culture and television items. This just happens to really not be one of them.

So I say to Mark Motherbaugh (in addition to high-five on the rugrats theme) whip them boys, whip them good.

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