Other than the actual game, Fortnite has probably gotten a reputation for popularizing weird dance moves. Bad news for them though, Epic Games has just gotten sued by Alfonso Ribeiro for putting his Carlton Dance in the game.
As per CNN, Ribeiro is suing the company for making use of his dance without asking him for permission or paying him for any of the royalties. Ribeiro was known for popularizing the dance back in the 90s when he played Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Here’s a small compilation of him dancing it on the show:
And here’s Ribeiro dancing it again back in 2014’s Dancing with the Stars:
The lawsuit against Epic Games reads:
“Twenty-seven years later, The [Carlton] Dance remains distinctive, immediately recognizable, and inextricably linked to Ribeiro’s identity, celebrity, and likeness.”
Ribeiro is said to be asking for damages from the studio and is requesting that they stop profiting off of the dance that he claims to have created.
Meanwhile, the internet has also gotten on the side of Ribeiro on the matter, and thinks that Epic should pay him for use of the dance. I think this tweet speaks for everyone when it comes to why Epic should pay Riberio his royalties:
My g Alfonso Ribeiro has had to live his whole life with strangers on the street yelling yooo Carlton do ur dance …u think he not entitled to that fortnite $$$$ !?! U are big trippin
— A Man + His Plants (@speakz) December 18, 2018
For now, we don’t know how this lawsuit is going to end, but hopefully everyone walks away happy.
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