Lindsay Lohan Sues Over Character in “Grand Theft Auto” – Lawyers Puzzled That She Still Doesn’t Understand the Meaning of Parody
The ever-litigious Lindsay Lohan is at it again. In her latest courtroom battle, the actress had her lawsuit against rapper Pitbull thrown out by a New York judge who, in a surprising turn of events, felt that she did not suffer emotional distress and “irreparable harm” from the lyric “I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan.” Shocking.
Her latest target is Rockstar Games, producer of the immensely popular “Grand Theft Auto” series. For those unfamiliar with the series, the Grand Theft Auto games are set in fictionalized versions of real cities. These games are riddled with controversy, and allow the player to act out all sorts of dark fantasies, such as graphically torturing opponents, committing terrorist acts, and sleeping with and/or murdering hookers. Oh, and they changed the Statue of Liberty’s face to resemble Hillary Clinton. Inexcusable.
Lohan’s latest civil suit claims that the character “Lacy Jones,” featured in “Grand Theft Auto V” is an “unequivocal” reference to the notorious actress. According to Forbes, the suit claims: “The portraits of the Plaintiff (Lohan) incorporated her image, likeness, clothing, outfits, Plaintiff’s clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses, jean shorts worn by the Plaintiff that were for sale to the public at least two years.” In this authors opinion, the jean shorts where a dead giveaway. The suit goes on to claim “the game also features Hotel Chateau in West Hollywood, a place where the Plaintiff once lived and often frequents.” In other news, Hotel Chateau is also the place that banned Lohan for failing to pay over $46,000 in unpaid charges.
Lacey Jonas, as seen in the picture to the right, is a ditzy celebrity character who appears to be a parody of the Hollywood vixen archetype. In typical GTA fashion, the blond character spouts ridiculous dialogue like “Ew, my palms are sweaty, that injection must be wearing off,” “Put all my fans together, they would fill the country of Africa,” and “I had to cut all ties with my family, not because I didn’t love them, but because the thought of their lame lives were bringing me down spiritually.”
It does not take a law degree to realize that the Jonas character is a simple parody of a common Hollywood archetype. While both parties will likely end up losing money litigating this debacle (Pitbull couldn’t even get attorneys fees for the frivolous lawsuit filed against him), the lawyers on both sides should be able to rack up some hefty hourly wages. God bless America.
For an in depth legal analysis on the suit, head on over to Forbes.