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Evil Kneivel Sues Kanye West
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    Evil Kneivel Sues Kanye West

    http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercu...p/16222517.htm

    Evel Knievel sues Kanye West over video

    MITCH STACY

    Associated Press

    TAMPA, Fla. - Evel Knievel has sued Kanye West, taking issue with a music video in which the rapper takes on the persona of "Evel Kanyevel" and tries to jump a rocket-powered motorcycle over a canyon.
    Knievel, whose real name is Robert Craig Knievel, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Tampa on Monday claiming infringement on his trademark name and likeness. He also claims the "vulgar and offensive" images depicted in the video damage his reputation.
    "That video that Kanye West put out is the most worthless piece of crap I've ever seen in my life, and he uses my image to catapult himself on the public," the 68-year-old daredevil said Tuesday.
    A spokesman for West said the 28-year-old rapper no comment. The lawsuit seeks damages and to halt distribution of the video.
    In the video for "Touch the Sky," released earlier this year, West dons the familiar Knievel star-studded jumpsuit and jumps a canyon in a vehicle "visually indistinguishable" from the one used by Knievel in his failed attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho in 1974, the lawsuit said.
    The video, which features Pamela Anderson as West's girlfriend, contains "vulgar and offensive sexual images, language and conduct involving `Evel Kanyevel' and women apparently trying to gain his sexual interest," according to the lawsuit.
    "The guy just went too far using me to promote his filth to the world," said Knievel, who lives in Clearwater and has been in poor health in recent years. "I'm not in any way that kind of a person."
    The lawsuit also names Roc-A-Fella Records, video director Chris Milk and AOL for distributing it.
    West was so disappointed at not winning best video for "Touch the Sky" at the MTV Europe Music Awards last month that he crashed the stage when it was presented to Justice and Simian for "We Are Your Friends."
    In a tirade riddled with expletives, West said he should have won the prize because it "cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it. I was jumping across canyons."
    Knievel failed spectacularly in the 1974 jump. He was secured inside the cockpit and the Sky-Cycle was fired up. But his parachute opened just as he cleared the ramp. After soaring about 1,000 feet, he wound up landing about 20 feet from the river on the rocky south bank. He sustained only scrapes and bruises.
    In the video, West's vehicle crashes to the bottom of the canyon in flames.

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    GO EVEL!!!!

    If you lose the lawsuit, come to Chicago and run that racist piece of shit over!!
    LIGHT 'EM UP!!
    Smoke 'em if you got 'em!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NE169
    GO EVEL!!!!

    If you lose the lawsuit, come to Chicago and run that racist piece of shit over!!
    LOL

    I remember Evels attempt at Snake River Canyon. I watched it at my Grandmothers house. I believe it was an ABC Wide World of Sports event.

    I remember watching it and thinking. He isn't going to make it. I believe I was EIGHT!

    God, I'm an old fart now
    Daniel (1994-2013)

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    Good on you Evel, I'm sick of that idiot racist Kanye West too. All he ever talks about is black this and black that. Maybe rappers in general should stop stealing or sampling from rock music and come up with something original for once. Oh yeah, and not include any references to the following in their 'songs': peeps, hoes, biatches, niggaz, bling bling, rides, or any of this ebonics crap. They should pick up an instrument too, if they're talented enough...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stef1984
    Good on you Evel, I'm sick of that idiot racist Kanye West too. All he ever talks about is black this and black that. Maybe rappers in general should stop stealing or sampling from rock music and come up with something original for once. Oh yeah, and not include any references to the following in their 'songs': peeps, hoes, biatches, niggaz, bling bling, rides, or any of this ebonics crap. They should pick up an instrument too, if they're talented enough...
    Damn, that is a good post. You nailed it on so many different levels.
    Daniel (1994-2013)

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    kanye west is a wanker, i hope he gets aids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NE169
    GO EVEL!!!!

    If you lose the lawsuit, come to Chicago and run that racist piece of shit over!!
    Why compound that poor man's discomfort by asking him to go to Chicago?

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    "That video that Kanye West put out is the most worthless piece of crap I've ever seen in my life, and he uses my image to catapult himself on the public,"

    Great quote from Evil, I hate the damn rappers, all they do is talk they don't even sing. At least they could play an instrument or something, but no idiots buy their shit anyway.

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    I freaking hate Kanye, always have!
    I guess he was this big Producer before developing his own "art."
    But look at the shit he produced? Other no-talent wanksters.
    And what is up with the African-american obsession with Pamela Anderson?? Christ, she's done, already. Be original!
    A million beautiful women on this planet, and guys still go ga-ga over this living bobble-head, plastic titted bore.
    Back to rappers...
    There is some cool rap like NWA, Tribe called Quest, etc.
    NWA was like the black Guns 'n Roses, and they sampled crazy stuff like Miles Davis' Bitches Brew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zozo5150
    "That video that Kanye West put out is the most worthless piece of crap I've ever seen in my life, and he uses my image to catapult himself on the public,"

    Great quote from Evil, I hate the damn rappers, all they do is talk they don't even sing. At least they could play an instrument or something, but no idiots buy their shit anyway.
    I'm not much of a fan of rap music, yet it is ridiculous to say that rap has no talent. Rap's talent is actually in the lyrics and the various rhythms used to deliver them.

    How can you call rap less talented than the run-of-the-mill rock/pop today? Effeminate singing and raging, distorted power chords, lame lyrics and retro Eighties attire and attitude. At least the rappers try to tell a story or frame a situation, or at least be entertaining without commercial cheesiness or adolescent drama pounded into every song.

    Think about contemporary poetry; believe it or not, rap has more of an appreciation of the rhythms and devices of classic poetry than abstract, fragmented, free verse variety.

    Rap actually requires quite a bit of talent. After a rap song is made, the rapper has to remember all the lyrics. No POP guitar music requires nearly as much memory as a guy rapping for the same period of time. And composing several minutes of fast talking lyrics, let alone a full album, require a significant amount of skill.

    Rap seems more challenging than commercial rock or hip-hop.
    Last edited by wannabemandolinhero; December 12th, 2006 at 08:42 PM.

 

 

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