Requiem for none

This is Harris Faulkner, a minor character in the fourth generation of Littlest Pet Shop toys by Hasbro:

Harris Faulkner on LPS

And this is Harris Faulkner, Fox News Channel reporter and anchor for the last decade or so:

Harris Faulkner on Fox News

Now if you ask me, which the United States District Court for the State of New Jersey did not, there’s not a whole lot in the way of resemblance here. That said, after initially denying a Hasbro motion to dismiss, the court has dismissed Fox’s Faulkner’s lawsuit “with prejudice”: it cannot be refiled. Did the warring parties settle? We’ll probably never know.

That said, Harris Faulkner the newsperson does well with simple colors:

Harris Faulkner on the Fox Report

Harris Faulkner on the sofa

But never, ever cartoonish, am I right?

(Via Nancy Friedman.)

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4 comments »

  1. fillyjonk »

    15 October 2016 · 1:33 pm

    I wonder if anyone’s objected to Hasbro’s ponification of them? I suppose not, as many of those folks (see: Weird Al) have provided the voices.

    I would not object to being portrayed as a small, cute, fuzzy animal, but then again I’m not famous, either.

  2. CGHill »

    15 October 2016 · 1:39 pm

    Then again, Hasbro didn’t use their actual names on those characters.

  3. fillyjonk »

    15 October 2016 · 1:51 pm

    True that. I suppose there’s some kind of “dilution of brand” concern going on with Ms. Faulkner. (They could have just renamed the hamster Ferris Hawkner or somesuch, I suppose)

  4. CGHill »

    15 October 2016 · 4:56 pm

    From the Consumerist writeup:

    What we do know is that the judge in this case issued an opinion dismissing Faulkner’s claim that the toy hamster violates her right to publicity — that is, to approve and make money from any products made in her image, something that she chooses not to do as a journalist.

    I’m still not seeing how the little critter is in “her image,” unless you score for eyeliner and mascara.

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