Alfonso Ribeiro Sues Fortnite For Stealing Carlton Dance

by : UNILAD on : 17 Dec 2018 19:51
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It’s not unusual to demand money from a video game that has seemingly nabbed a dance you’ve become famous for.


Well, not if you’re Alfonso Ribeiro, who is coming thick and fast for Fortnite for apparently stealing his signature moves made famous on The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.

Ribeiro filed a lawsuit against Epic Games – who created the stupidly popular multi-player game – claiming the company used his character Carlton Banks’ dance move.

According to TMZ, Ribeiro says Fortnite released a new dance players can perform called the ‘Fresh emote’ which came out on Jan 2, 2018.


On top of this, he claims to be in the process of copyrighting the dance.

Despite being so protective, he confessed to ABC last year he was tired of being synonymous with the routine.

He explained:

I get asked to do the dance every day I leave the house. So the only day in my life where I’m not going to get asked to do that dance is if I stay home.

Some days I’m in a good mood, and some days I’m not in as good of a mood. And I might have a nice comeback for them.

Every once in a while, I will say to people — when I’m just, like, in a bad mood, I’m like, ‘You do realize you just asked a black man to dance for you, right?’ And they’re like, ‘No, no! I didn’t mean it that way!’

And I’m like, ‘Nah! I’m just messing with you. I’m just messing with you. But I just wanted you to think about it for a second. Just for one second!’


‘I never want to take away their enjoyment of the moment’, he added. ‘But … I’m not a dancing puppet. We’re not going to be actually dancing for people all day long.’

Ribeiro continued, advising fans to opt for sitting ‘there and not ask. And it will be the same reality, because I ain’t dancing for you.’


Which one is it lad? Can’t have it both ways.

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Topics: Gaming


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