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March 16, 2009

Chuck Norris: Big cojones; non-existent funnybone

Filed under: Commentary,News,The Publishing Biz — editorialconsultant @ 8:06 pm
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Author Ian Spector has penned a parody, poking fun at uber tough guy Chuck Norris. And that has Norris fighting mad… no, not kung fu fighting mad, lawsuit fighting mad.

Norris is suing Spector’s publisher, Penguin, along with Spector, in federal court in New York for trademark infringement and invasion of privacy, among other claims.

What has Spector written that Norris finds so objectionable? Well, Reuters reports enough to make one believe that Mr. Macho is a wee bit lacking in the humor department:

The book capitalizes on “mythical facts” that have been circulating on the Internet since 2005 that poke fun at Norris’ tough-guy image and super-human abilities, the suit said.

It includes such humorous “facts” as “Chuck Norris’s tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried” and “Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits,” the suit said, as well as “Chuck Norris can charge a cell phone by rubbing it against his beard.”

Really, Chuck? You’re taking this seriously enough to make a federal case of it?

Chuck Norris’s hissy fit may be great publicity for Spector’s book. For Norris’s reputation, as Jon Stewart likes to say, not so much.

– Anita Bartholomew


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