Category Archives: Parody

Can the Grinch Sue for Defamation?

Consider all the horrible things said about the poor Grinch.  Does he have a case for libel and defamation if he should consult with any attorney?

Here are some of the questions posed by lawyer turned writer Linda Holmes:

Potentially defamatory statements

We will first take some of the statements you mention in turn to explain their possible relevance to a successful claim.

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch

Under the laws of defamation in effect in Whoville, this would most likely be considered a statement of opinion and not actionable.

You really are a heel

Also opinion. Generally under Whoville law, successful defamation claims arise from statements of fact.

You can read the rest of her analysis of the Grinch at a blog post made at NPR.  In the end, Ms. Holmes decides it would not be prudent to pursue a defamation claim.  But she leaves open the question of whether the Grinch may have a malpractice claim against the doctor who implanted the metal frame in his chest which broke when his heart suddenly went from being too small to extra large.

How the Grinch Stole Crenshaw

How the Grinch Stole Crenshaw is a gangsta style spoof on How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Todrick Hall, a name that may be recognized from his time on American Idol, stars in this entertaining parody.  How the Grinch Stole Crenshaw was produced by Marlon Wayans.

Here is the full video:

 

Is green the new black?  Would the Grinch have become famous if this was the original story?  Would have family story Grinch been a parody spoof of a Crenshaw story?  What would Dr. Seuss have thought about this?

Todrick Hall was a contestant on American Idol Season 9, which ran in 2010.  That year the winner was Lee DeWyze.  Todrick only made it to the final 16, but he has seemingly found more post-Idol success than DeWyze ever did.

Marlon Wayans is an actor and film director.  He has been involved in movies such as Scary Movie and The Heat.