Fortnite isn’t going to get away with stealing artists’ viral dance moves, and both actors and rappers are making sure of it. The Fresh Prince star Alfonso Ribiero is reportedly suing Fortnite and game distributor Epic Games for stealing the “Carlton dance,” which he first made popular as Carlton Banks on the hit, 90s sitcom.
In the court docs, obtained by TMZ, Alfonso says that Fortnite released a new dance called the “Fresh emote” on Jan. 2018, which looks identical to the “Carlton dance.” As you may remember, the “Carlton dance” features is performed by swinging your arms and legs from side to side in a silly or nerdy manner. He is reportedly in the midst of copyrighting the dance, according to the lawsuit.
“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,” Ribiero’s attorney, David Hecht of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, told TMZ. “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.”
As previously reported, Fortnite came under fire earlier this year for including a series of dance moves that were almost identical to those created by viral stars. Ribiero’s lawsuit comes shortly after 2 Milly sued Epic Games for hijacking the “Milly Rock.”
It is unclear how much Ribiero is asking for at this time. Hopefully both he and 2 Milly receive what they are owed.