Former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro, more popularly known as Carlton - Will Smith's nerdy cousin on the show - is suing Epic Games and Take-Two for their unauthorized use of his dance.
Said dance, referred to as "The Carlton" is still very recognizable after debuting in 1991 and, 27 years later, Ribeiro is looking to get his after the video game developers used versions of his iconic rug cutter in Fortnite and NBA 2k.
Ribeiro busted the dance several times during The Fresh Prince's six-season lifetime and it became synonymous with Tom Jones' It's Not Unusual pop hit.
The actor performed the dance four years ago as part of a Dancing With the Stars performance and is now claiming that both Epic and Take-Two have profited from his creative expression, likeness, and celebrity without his permission or reasonable compensation.
“It is widely recognized that Mr. Ribeiro’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite,” an attorney from Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, told Variety in a statement.
“Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like ‘Fresh.’ Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property.
"Therefore, Mr. Ribeiro is seeking his fair and reasonable share of profits Epic has earned by use of his iconic intellectual property in ‘Fortnite’ and as a result is requesting through the courts that Epic cease all use of Mr. Ribeiro’s signature dance.”
There has been a twist, however. On Tuesday, Ribeiro basically confessed to TMZ that he stole the dance from Eddie Murphy's "White Man Dance" and Courteney Cox's dance in the "Dancing In The Dark" video. We're not sure how much of a case he has now, but in fairness to him, he combined two different dances into one pop culture phenomenon.
The companies have also been taken to task by Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly for using his "Milly Rock" dance in their video games.
Let's see where this goes.