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Roman Atwood lashes out at Target for allegedly ripping off his slogan

Published: 5/Apr/2019 0:08 Updated: 5/Apr/2019 10:11

by Virginia Glaze


Popular YouTuber and family vlogger Roman Atwood is known for his positive ‘Smile More’ slogan, which appears on his custom apparel – but a retail giant may have ripped off the phrase in a big way.

Atwood uploaded a Tweet on April 4, appearing to accuse major retailer Target of using both his slogan and design for their own clothing.

“Yo Target, talk soon,” Atwood wrote, coupled with a screenshot that showed multiple photos that fans had taken of a crop top at the store. The clothing featured a ‘Smile More’ phrase emblazoned on its front – as well as Atwood’s signature “smile” line underneath the words.

Many fans are calling for the YouTuber to take legal action against the store, while others don’t fancy Atwood’s chances against the massive company.

“Absolutely no offense to Roman, but imagine a multi billionaire store against a millionaire,” one fan wrote of the debacle.

“He absolutely has plenty of money to defend the case,” another argued. “It’s an extremely easy case to win. It’s clear infringement/copyright, he has a patent.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Target has been called out for copyright infringement, either; the company was similarly challenged by Latinx artist Felix d’Eon in May 2018, after the retailer appeared to use one of his designs on a T-shirt without permission.

“Target stole a design of mine and printed it on a T-shirt,” d’Eon said of the apparent theft. “Is this how you support the queer Latinx community, Target, by stealing the art of a gay Mexican artist? I’m curious to hear what you have to say!”

Felix d'Eon, Twitter / HipLatina.comTarget has been called out for copyright infringement before, in one case allegedly using the design of a Latinx artist without permission.

Target appeared to admit wrongdoing in their response to the debacle, where they claimed that they respected “the design rights of others and expect our vendors to do the same” and had “removed this shirt from our online assortment.”

Target’s apparent infringement follows Atwood’s charitable initiative to aid small Twitch streamers, taking $2 from every sale of his ‘glitch’ graphic tee and donating it to up and coming broadcasters on the platform.

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Target has yet to publicly respond to Atwood’s Tweet at the time of writing.


Former Vine star reveals truth behind iconic “Adam” meme

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:25

by Alice Hearing


Former Vine star Patrick Perkins has cleared up a myth about an iconic meme years after it first took the internet by storm.

While Vine shuffled its mortal coil in 2016, many of its biggest stars have carried on with short-form comedy on YouTube and now TikTok, including Lele Pons, Liza Koshy, and David Dobrik.

Even now, these short clip compilations still get millions of views on YouTube, and there are still multiple Instagram and Twitter accounts dedicated to them. Several vines have carried on their internet life as memes or gifs and have even been pasted onto merchandise.

The vine in question shows a blonde teenager in glasses blowing a smoke circle using a vape on a desk when the person carrying the camera blows it away. The teen turns to the camera and exasperatedly says “Adam!.”

Adam Perkins and Patrick Perkins Vine stars
Instagram: adam___perkins
Adam and Patrick starred in several iconic vines.

Now the star himself has come onto TikTok to confirm some lore surrounding him and his twin brother, which has baffled thousands who never knew the truth.

Another iconic and highly quotable vine involving one of the twins shows them walking into his bathroom in just a pair of boxers saying: “Hi, welcome to chillis.” In another, one of the twins begs viewers to stop comparing him to Chicken Little.

To most people, they look like the exact same person.

However, Patrick has explained in a viral TikTok that they’re actually identical twins. Patrick was the star of the vape video, while the other twin is Adam and the star of the Chilli’s vine. He also showed a picture of them together “since a lot of people don’t believe that there are actually two of us.”

Patrick also posted the video to Twitter and users were bowled over by the new information. One person wrote, “I feel like a different person for knowing this,” while another added, “world-shattering revelations are sometimes just small clarifications I guess.”

In less than 24 hours, Patrick’s tweet has amassed 4,000 likes and continues to grow, bringing back a sense of nostalgia for many and clearing up a long-standing internet myth.