‘Cash me outside’ girl threatens to sue Walmart for plagiarism
It was only a matter of time before the “Cash me ousside” meme turned into an intellectual property battle. Such is our world, where teens are endlessly pilfered for their youth and blood to feed the gears of capitalism and old people. Danielle Bregoli, the 14-year-old who conjured the phrase on Dr. Phil in December, is threatening to sue Walmart, TMZ reports.
The global retailer is currently selling t-shirts, tank-tops, and sweatshirts featuring Bregoli’s full quote from the show, “Cash me ousside, how bow dah,” which she originally directed at a studio audience full of “hoes.” You can purchase the items in several colors, including “Carolina Blue,” “Light Pink,” and “Gold.” According to TMZ, Bregoli’s legal team gave Walmart five days to remove the 15 articles of clothing printed with the phrase from its online store, or else they plan to sue.
It’s unclear what legal rights Bregoli has to the slogan, three different variations of which are pending trademarks. Jefferey Perez in North Carolina applied for “CASH ME OUSSIDE, HOW BOW DAH?”, Randall Whitney in North Carolina applied for “CASH ME OUSSIDE HOW BOW DAH”, and Paige Burton in Maryland applied for “CASH ME OUTSIDE, HOW BOUT DAH?” The Walmart merchandise styles the phrase as “Cash Me Outside How Bout Dah.”
A Walmart rep told TMZ the company hasn’t seen Bregoli’s letter but it “takes the claims seriously and will investigate.” How bow dah?
[TMZ | Screenshot: CBS]