Fresh Prince’s “Carlton”, played by Alfonso Ribeiro, is suing the developers of the popular game Fortnite over “the Carlton dance”, which is used in the game.
Ribeiro is also taking legal action against a different game developer for doing the same thing in their basketball series.
Ribeiro’s Tom Jones routine is one of the most defining moments in the history of the 90s show “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and has become iconic in pop culture; a YouTube clip of Ribeiro doing the performance, for example, has over 18 million views.
The move comes as Ribeiro is in the middle of trying to copyright the dance, perhaps because Fortnite isn’t the only game to use it to make money. “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”, Ribeiro’s lawyer stated.