CafePress Takes Down T-Shirt Calling Donald Trump A Cheeto-Faced Shitgibbon, Saying It Violates Frito-Lay's Trademark

from the trademark-at-work dept

As you probably heard in the news, last week, Presidential candidate/reality TV star Donald Trump took a bit of a detour from the campaign trail last week to fly to Scotland to open his new golf course. That the timing of the trip coincided with the Brexit referendum for the UK to exit the EU was just the wacky icing on the bizarre global political cake we're all now eating (bad metaphor apology). As you also probably heard, Trump talked about how wonderful the Brexit stuff was, and how much the people in Scotland must be thrilled, apparently missing the fact that Scotland, somewhat overwhelmingly, voted to stay in the EU. And because this is Scotland, and Scotland is awesome, folks there took to Twitter for a series of increasingly funny insults:


There are a bunch more at the Quartz link, but a pretty good one came from @MetalOllie, also known as Hamfisted Bun Vendor, who is English, rather than Scottish, but got into the spirit quite well:
As I write this, it has over 6,000 retweets and over 7,000 likes. Not bad. Based on all of this, Jay Lender, a writer/director for SpongeBob SquarePants, Phineas and Ferb... and also his own movie, They're Watching, created an image in the style of Shepard Fairey's famous (and legally disputed) Obama Hope poster.
After some discussion Jay and MetalOllie teamed up to put the image on t-shirts at CafePress. I have no idea if anyone was actually buying it, but earlier today Lender announced that CafePress had shut down the page for trademark infringement. Whose trademark? Frito-Lay's, the makers of Cheetos, of course!
It's not at all clear if Frito-Lay made this request or if it's just CafePress worrying about future Frito-Lay concerns. Lender asked CafePress for clarification, and all they sent back was a link to Frito Lay's corporate contact page, telling him to contact Frito Lay to ask for authorization, implying that Cafe Press made this decision on its own. But, really, there appears to be a ton of other merchandise hosted at CafePress that mentions Cheetos in some form or another, so if the company is suddenly concerned about trademark threats from Frito-Lay, it seems to be targeting rather selectively.
Lender pushed back on CafePress's decision to take down the store, and received some rather ridiculous "suggestions" for replacement terms:
If you can't read that, it says:
The use of "Cheeto" infringes on Frito Lays trademark. If would be different if you used "cheese puff" or "cheese-snack"-faced in your design.

You may forward your notice of authorization from Frito Lay, giving you permission to use "Cheeto" or "Cheetos" in connection with the sale of commercial merchandise to us via email....
Yes. Really. Nothing like having CafePress ruining your jokes for you with its bizarre interpretation of trademark law.

As we've discussed many times in the past, CafePress is frequently targeted by bogus takedowns concerning political speech and the company doesn't exactly have the best record in dealing with such takedowns. But this seems just blatantly ridiculous on so many levels.

Either way, to argue that this is trademark infringing is crazy. No one is confusing the t-shirt or the image above as coming from Frito-Lay. I don't care how much of a moron in a hurry you might be, there's no consumer confusion here. For CafePress to declare absolutely that the use of Cheeto as an adjective here (not even as a noun!) is infringing on Frito-Lay's trademark is just... wrong. Second, this is pretty clearly protected political speech -- whether or not you agree with it or even think it's funny. Yes, CafePress has a right as a private company to refuse to host any shirts it dislikes, but at the very least it should come out and say that's why it's shutting down the shirt, rather than hiding behind a bogus "trademark" claim from Frito-Lay.

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  • identicon
    TenSteppin, 27 Jun 2016 @ 12:58pm

    Fair Use - besides, if Strumpet eats Cheetohs - free advertising

    Or perhaps CafePress was worried about Strumpet suing them because, you know, the truth hurts and Strumpet has enough money to make others share hish pain.

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    DocGerbil100 (profile), 27 Jun 2016 @ 12:58pm

    Likelihood of consumer confusion = nil.
    Trademark infringement = nil.
    Trademark takedown = happening anyway.

    Obvious conclusion: CafePress supports Donald Trump.

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    Jeffrey Nonken (profile), 27 Jun 2016 @ 1:05pm

    As a certified Moron in a Hurry, I assure you that I looked at the poster and the first thing I did not think of was "Oh hey, Frito-Lay is behind this T-shirt!"

    In order to level the playing field and mitigate confirmation bias I showed only the poster to a colleague, a more junior but very talented Moron in a Hurry, and asked him what he thought. He agreed that it never occurred to him that the food company had anything to do with it.

    Anyway, sorry to snark and run, but I'm in a hurry.

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 27 Jun 2016 @ 1:10pm

    What a decision to have to make

    It would be strange if Frito-Lay were to admit a relationship with that particular phraseology. Would the world consider it agreement or disagreement, and which would be worse.

    Since the tshirt designer and CafePress are not selling snack food, there IS NO HARM to any food related mark.

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    bshock, 27 Jun 2016 @ 1:16pm

    Sad and pathetic

    I very much wish I could get a magnetic bumper sticker that said:
    "Anyone But The Cheeto-Faced, Ferret-Wearing Shitgibbon, 2016"

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    Pixelation, 27 Jun 2016 @ 1:17pm

    A different brand?

    I suppose if they called him a Coke-head, shitgibbon it would be trademark infringement as well?

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    I.T. Guy, 27 Jun 2016 @ 1:21pm

    Funny? Maybe it's a regional thing but I didn't think they were funny.

    "we never got our country back, we wanted to remain, bolt ya hamster heedit bampot, away and boil yer napper"

    and

    "Scotland voted to stay & plan on a second referendum, you tiny fingered, Cheeto-faced, ferret wearing shitgibbon. "

    Meh.

    And I am sorry but exactly what attributes of a cheeto is supposed to resemble Trump's face? Kind of like calling him a poopy head.

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      kallethen, 27 Jun 2016 @ 1:28pm

      Re:

      I'm guessing the cheeto reference would be how his tan often makes his skin look very orange.

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      Vidiot (profile), 27 Jun 2016 @ 1:32pm

      Re:

      Hmmm... think, "color". Crayola could add one new orange crayon, and you could use it both to color-in any cheese puff drawings you created plus a portrait of The Donald. Same.

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      Anonymous Coward, 27 Jun 2016 @ 1:37pm

      Re:

      Might have something to do with his gloriously oompa loompa skin tone.

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        I.T. Guy, 27 Jun 2016 @ 2:02pm

        Re: Re:

        Thanks everyone. Since the whole idiotic "Build a wall" thing I try not to pay too much attention to him. Maybe he'll be like the Stay-puft marshmallow man and go away if nobody pays attention. Let 'em take Hillary too.

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      Chronno S. Trigger (profile), 27 Jun 2016 @ 2:07pm

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      At first I thought it was another creative Scottish insult that has nothing to do with Frito Lay, so I googled it. Apparently it's a reference to Glenn Beck covering his face in Cheeto dust to look more like Trump. So it seems the others are right, it's a reference to his insane tan.

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      Nutellabear, 27 Jun 2016 @ 6:37pm

      Re: IT Guy

      It's the color, idiot! Drumpf is orange from a fake tan. Which is frequently misapplied making him look like an orange raccoon.

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      PaulT (profile), 27 Jun 2016 @ 11:32pm

      Re:

      "exactly what attributes of a cheeto is supposed to resemble Trump's face?"

      The artificial orange colour.

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      Sigspat, 28 Jun 2016 @ 7:46am

      Re:

      Both are coated with an un-natural orange sheen?

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      T-rex, 29 Jun 2016 @ 5:11pm

      Re: Drumpf's face

      Cheetos are orange. as is Trump's face. That's the comparison they're making.

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    kallethen, 27 Jun 2016 @ 1:27pm

    Those tweets are worth a read. Scottish people have awesome creativity with their insults.

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Jun 2016 @ 1:42pm

    Donald Trump is as bad as...

    Actually I can't think of anything to compare him to that wouldn't insult the thing I compared him to...

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      DannyB (profile), 27 Jun 2016 @ 2:02pm

      Re: Donald Trump is as bad as...

      When I say, for example, that Microsoft Windows 10 is a steaming pile of horse excrement with a fresh topping of festering goat vomit, I am not trying to cause confusion in the market by my use of their trademarks. I am using the trademark properly in order to ensure that there can be no possible confusion of which company or product I am referring to.

      Now if I were to hypothetically compare Trump to the same thing, I don't think there would be any copyright, trademark or other complaints that anyone could make. Maybe defamation. But only if I were to actually make such a comparison which I am not.

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        BernardoVerda (profile), 28 Jun 2016 @ 6:01pm

        Re: Re: Donald Trump is as bad as...

        Firstly, I'm pretty sure that neither "horse excrement" nor "goat vomit" are protected by anybody's trademark.

        Secondly, I'm pretty sure that neither "horse excrement" nor "goat vomit" can be defamed either by some implied association with, or by direct comparison to, that Donald Trump character. (Otherwise, we'd probably already have heard from them.)

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      TenSteppin, 27 Jun 2016 @ 7:16pm

      Re: Donald Trump is as bad as...

      Donny Strumpet is as bad as, well, Donny Strumpet.

      That's just 1000 steps below the "two-toned zebra-headed, slime-coated, pimple-farmin' paramecium brain, munchin' on his own mucus, suffering from Peter Pan envy!" individual named Rufio.

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    DannyB (profile), 27 Jun 2016 @ 1:57pm

    We certainly don't want to create any market confusion

    I can definitely see the resemblance between Trump and Cheeto-faced. But perhaps one could use a more generic term. Cheesy Poofs? But then the owners of South Park may complain.

    I don't think the Trump face and Cheeto face comparison would cause market confusion for Cheetos customers or potential customers.

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    David, 27 Jun 2016 @ 1:59pm

    Actually, I kindof side with Cafepress here...

    It's for commercial use and Frito-Lay probably has their trademark for use on clothing.

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      Nutellabear, 27 Jun 2016 @ 6:42pm

      Re: Actually, I kindof side with Cafepress here...

      The Trademark and the name of the product is Cheetos, not Cheeto. Second, the use of copyright or trademark has a fair use exception for parodies. Especially political parodies.

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Jun 2016 @ 2:04pm

    Just change it to "generic orange-colored, storebrand puffy chips ferret wearing shitgibbon"

    Unless of course the MPAA owns the trademark on shitgibbon?

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Jun 2016 @ 2:24pm

    You douchbags have it all wrong. It isn't a trademark issue, it is a Libel issue. Frity Lay would sue anyone suggesting that Trump actually eats their product. I mean, besides the Klan, who wants to be associated with Trump?

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    Cooper's Loincloth, 27 Jun 2016 @ 3:02pm

    Double Standard?

    What if someone made a Hillary T-Shirt which compared her to a dishonest, power mad, feces-loving rodent and Disney complained that the ears on the picture violated trademark? Would anyone be bothered if it was pulled off of CafePress for *any* reason? Or would it be considered a "wild accusation" and sexist to boot?

    Rules for thee and not for me, perhaps?

    I don't much care for either candidate, but the hypocrisy on the left is just too much sometimes.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 27 Jun 2016 @ 3:25pm

      Re: Double Standard?

      What if someone made a Hillary T-Shirt which compared her to a dishonest, power mad, feces-loving rodent and Disney complained that the ears on the picture violated trademark? Would anyone be bothered if it was pulled off of CafePress for *any* reason? Or would it be considered a "wild accusation" and sexist to boot?


      Yes. Yes, we would care. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140609/17534527530/hillary-clinton-pac-sends-bogus-takedowns-ove r-parodies-zazzle-cafepress.shtml

      So, please, before making bullshit assumptions, maybe try to use the search engine.

      Rules for thee and not for me, perhaps?


      Assume too much, perhaps?

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 27 Jun 2016 @ 6:41pm

      Re: Double Standard?

      Damn, I hope you've got some soothing cream for that burn you just received.

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      PaulT (profile), 27 Jun 2016 @ 11:36pm

      Re: Double Standard?

      "the hypocrisy on the left is just too much sometimes."

      Perhaps if you looked at what "the left" actually believed instead of attacking the fantasies you just made up about what you assume they might believe, you'd be able to take it a little more?

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      Cooper's Loincloth, 28 Jun 2016 @ 8:58am

      Re: Double Standard?

      Wow, touched a nerve there did I?

      Maybe you might consider the fact that I was responding to the comments and NOT your article. You were pretty clear (reading comprehension FTW) that your opinion on bogus takedowns was that they were, well, bogus. One either side, even. Why would I look up something that was pretty obvious?

      Now, you obviously found mocking trump more personally amusing than someone mocking Hillary, but that's pretty reasonable - oligarchy vs. shitweasel has a clear humor gap. Your butt hurt response to a message not directed at you is a bit troubling tho, but hey, still understandable - it was posted to your article.

      I'm going to stand by my assertion that folks on the left are MUCH less tolerant than almost everyone else of people who don't agree with them, and the hipocracy of their stance is annoying. That's MY opinion, based on what I've personally seen and read and experienced. Notice: all the best riots occur when the left tries to silence blowhards like Trump. When's the last time a bunch of people started a riot at a Hillary event?

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      Wendy Cockcroft, 30 Jun 2016 @ 5:38am

      Re: Double Standard?

      Hillary is emphatically NOT left wing. She's actually a right wing neocon war hawk owned by the banks. She should be made to wear logo patches like a racing driver. We're not keen on her here on TD: don't get us started on her IT and IPR policies. She hasn't got a clue and I'm not sure anyone has ever explained the concept of demmocracy to her.

      That she's not frothing at the mouth building walls to keep the Mexicans out merely means she's not as far to the right as you are.

      Bernie Sanders is a leftie.

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    That One Guy (profile), 27 Jun 2016 @ 4:24pm

    Frito-Lays wasn't who they were worried about

    Given how enthusiastic Trump is when it comes to legal action against people saying mean things about him, I imagine they dropped it to avoid even the possibility of get a legal threat from his pack of lawyers.

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      David, 27 Jun 2016 @ 4:27pm

      Re: Frito-Lays wasn't who they were worried about

      I don't think so, since they suggested alternative words for Cheetos, but didn't suggest changing the picture or other words.

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        That One Guy (profile), 27 Jun 2016 @ 5:02pm

        Re: Re: Frito-Lays wasn't who they were worried about

        Hmm, true enough, suppose I just assumed that they were more worried about someone who has a history of filing lawsuits against people and companies rather than a company that makes chips, but I guess chips it is.

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Jun 2016 @ 5:05pm

    Easy bet that it was probably Trump that was butthurt people were making fun of him(and making some money from it) and had his people send a bogus takedown.

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    TenSteppin, 27 Jun 2016 @ 7:13pm

    Where did it say "Frito-Lays Cheetos" in the design?

    That's what KaKa Press claimed in their response didn't they?

    Since all 3 words weren't used, and only a partial read of the 3rd was used, they got it all wrong.

    Everyone - immediately stop buying any Frito-Lay product until they approve that t-shirt design.

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    Fifty2Tees, 27 Jun 2016 @ 8:03pm

    Do Not Underestimate The Power of Stupidity

    I just launched this project on Kickstarter. It doesn't infringe in any "trademarks" ...

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stupidity/the-power-of-stupidity

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    Mark Wing, 27 Jun 2016 @ 8:18pm

    The Donald's face definitely leans towards the red end of the spectrum.

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    Anonymous Blowhard, 27 Jun 2016 @ 8:48pm

    In fairness

    I don't balme the Frito company for wanting to dissociate from that Cheeto face, ferret wearing, shit gibbon.

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Jun 2016 @ 9:10pm

    "a bogus "trademark" claim from Frito-Lay."

    No.

    Cheeto is a registered trademark, so I have no idea what you're talking about.

    Why you're surprised that Frito-Lay would not want to be associated with this (or Donald Trump in general), is strange.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 28 Jun 2016 @ 7:19am

      Re:

      "a bogus "trademark" claim from Frito-Lay."

      No.

      Cheeto is a registered trademark, so I have no idea what you're talking about.

      Why you're surprised that Frito-Lay would not want to be associated with this (or Donald Trump in general), is strange.


      That's not how trademark law works. But thanks for playing (and revealing your ignorance of the law). Trademark does not allow you to block any use of the word just because you dislike it. It only applies in cases where there is likely to be consumer confusion as to the origin of the products (i.e., if people think that Frito Lay actually made those shirts). That's not the case here, and thus the trademark claim does not apply.

      Separately, as the article notes (did you even read it?), it looks like Cafe Press made this decision, rather than Frito Lay.

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Jun 2016 @ 9:17pm

    "there appears to be a ton of other merchandise hosted at CafePress that mentions Cheetos "

    And by a ton, Masnick means 5. But hey, that sounds honest, right?

    Cheetoh is a bengal tiger, Masnick.

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      Anonymous Coward, 27 Jun 2016 @ 9:36pm

      Re:

      Bawk!

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 28 Jun 2016 @ 12:16am

      Re:

      And by a ton, Masnick means 5. But hey, that sounds honest, right?


      The image is just part of the page. By my count, there are 44 products in the Cafe Press store with a variation on the word "Cheeto"

      But, you know, I'm sure it's more fun to slam me based on your own failure to read than to actually read.

      That sounds honest, right?

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2016 @ 6:32am

        Re: Re:

        Oh really?

        OK, here's your chance to prove you're not intellectually dishonest: Post a list of the 44 items.

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          Mike Masnick (profile), 28 Jun 2016 @ 6:48am

          Re: Re: Re:

          OK, here's your chance to prove you're not intellectually dishonest: Post a list of the 44 items.


          I posted a link IN THE STORY that you appear to have totally missed. http://www.cafepress.com/+cheetos+gifts

          That says there are 62 products, but not all of them actually say Cheeto/Cheetos/Cheetoh or whatever. So I simply went through and counted the ones that did, and it's 44. I can't believe you're challenging this rather than just admitting you were wrong. Got the link and count.

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            Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2016 @ 6:56am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Admitting anything is difficult for some.

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            Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2016 @ 8:40am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Oh I looked at the link, and I saw 5 items that said 'cheeto' on them.

            Now post your list of the 44 or admit you're an intellectually dishonest bullshitter.

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              Mike Masnick (profile), 28 Jun 2016 @ 11:19am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              Now post your list of the 44 or admit you're an intellectually dishonest bullshitter.


              Ah. I get it. You're being a pedantic asshole. Because you're not counting those that say cheetoh instead of cheeto.

              Just because I don't have a stick up my ass about exactly how one spells cheetoh doesn't make me dishonest. The examples used clearly refer to the cheese puff, not the tiger. Either way, it's clear that CafePress allows it in other contexts. So the only one being dishonest here is you in pretending there's some massive distinction. That's not how it works.

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                Anonymous Coward, 29 Jun 2016 @ 4:24pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                Yes, you intellectually dishonest buffoon, because a cheetoh is a tiger and those shirts were about cats, not cheese puffs.

                But you don't care, because all you wanted was to say that there were "a ton" of references to Frito-Lay's Cheeto puff on Cafe Press when, in reality, there aren't.

                Playing loose with the facts is something you do all the time and everyone knows it.

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                  John Fenderson (profile), 29 Jun 2016 @ 5:08pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                  "a cheetoh is a tiger"

                  Holy shit, are you serious??

                  Just in case you missed it, there is no animal named a "cheetoh". This might be the time to take the old saying to heart:

                  "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than than to speak and prove it."

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                    John Fenderson (profile), 29 Jun 2016 @ 5:11pm

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                    Hey! And I proved the saying with my own words!

                    A Cheetoh is indeed a kind of cat. In my defense, though, it has only existed since 2014.

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                      PaulT (profile), 29 Jun 2016 @ 11:20pm

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                      I wonder where the name originated. It would be amusing for the purposes of this argument if the person who named them called them "cheetos" but then changed the spelling to avoid conflict with the brand name.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2016 @ 7:29am

      Re:

      "Cheetoh is a bengal tiger, Masnick."

      I know you are but what am I? Wipe the tiger spooge off you knee pants AC.

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Jun 2016 @ 10:43am

        Re: Re:

        Dropped out of school before you got to biology class I see.

        A Cheetoh *is* a bengal tiger.

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          Anonymous Coward, 29 Jun 2016 @ 9:01pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          You know, instead of having to resort to word crimes for character assassination, wouldn't your IP-driven efforts be better aimed at other causes? Like resolving the Malibu Media anti-piracy crusade machine? Though I suppose you would have a problem deciding between Colette Field and Keith Lipscomb. Which bottom-feeder to felch?

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    Ninja (profile), 28 Jun 2016 @ 4:53am

    Now, I know what they mean, I accidentally confused the t-shirt with a cheetos and ate it. Needless to say my hospital bill was... high. Good thing Fritos or whatever you call the company is out there to protect us morons-in-a-hurry from ourselves!

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    Anonymous Kansas Coward, 28 Jun 2016 @ 7:04am

    If you don't have anything nice to say...

    "Cheeto (R) faced, ferret wearing shitgibbon" has just surpassed "Epic douche canoe" as my favorite Trump insult!

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    Mark Wing, 28 Jun 2016 @ 4:09pm

    It's strange you mentioned the number 44, because that's the exact number of Cheetos per square inch that it takes to make the orange dye for the Donald's spray tan.

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    ertdfg, 29 Jun 2016 @ 11:25pm

    Should have known better

    Frito Lay is defensive of their trademarks.

    And I can see why.
    Their Flaming Hot Shitgibbons are a guilty pleasure of mine.
    The Cool Ranch Baked Shitgibbons, now with extra shittiness aren't bad either.

    Oh, that wasn't the word that caused issues?
    Whoops. My bad. I may have been confused.

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    Tanner Andrews (profile), 4 Jul 2016 @ 12:27pm

    Cheeto-Faced Ferret-Wearing Shitgibbon

    I think you have a correct use of the trade mark.

    A trade mark is intended to assist consumers in distinguishing particular products and their origins. If I were to sell a snack under the Cheeto name, it would be infringement; the same is true if I were to sell malted battery acid under the Pepsi name. But if I were to say that I want a lunch consisting of Cheeto snacks and Pepsi malted battery acid, I should be correctly using the marks.

    Here, the writer is correctly using the trade mark to identify a particular product from a particular vendor. That is the intent of trade marks.

    Sure, Pepsi could say that it does not want to be associated with a Cheeto-faced ferret-wearing shitgibbon, but that is a political issue largely unrelated to the question of whether the use of the Cheeto name is correct to identify a particular product from a particular vendor.

    Assume also that I insult Cafe Press at this point.

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    No2GOP (profile), 17 Aug 2016 @ 1:33pm

    Cafe Press Seems Right Leaning

    It has been my experience with designs on Cafe Press that they allow much more if the content is right leaning as opposed to left leaning.

    I had an anti-Trump sticker that violated no copyrights nor any of their rules, turned down… even after I sent copies of my graphics proving no copyrights were violated. And I see similar items on there that are anti liberal, all the time!

    ~Frustrated.

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    Phil K, 21 Apr 2017 @ 12:14pm

    Laughable for all the wrong reasons

    I'd call all this juvenile pathetic and lots of far more insulting and more personal terms.
    Fortunately the vast majority of the population is now seeing you all for what you've ALWAYS been
    I particularly like the cowardly masked thugs who attempt to bully (as long as they outnumber 10 to 1) spitting in peoples face, attacking them, then screaming and running to the same police they mock and celebrate when they're murdered by their racist BLM pals
    You all need two ot three promotions to get to "arrogant turd" level

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    Alan, 18 May 2017 @ 8:50am

    Cheetoh Faced Ferret Wearing Shitgibbon

    I have the shirt AND the coffee mug. Proudly. JOYfully.

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