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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.


LS reveals how xQc reached out to him during T1 fans backlash

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:57

by Alex Garton


Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare has revealed that Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel reached out to him during the T1 backlash offering his support and advice.

T1’s accidental leak that revealed LS was set to be the organization’s new League of Legends coach resulted in a wave of backlash against both parties.

Fans of the organization opted to send unjustifiable racial and homophobic abuse towards LS, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending packages to her address. T1, from an outside perspective, did not handle the situation appropriately and seemingly offered little support to LS during this period.

This resulted in LS disabling his Twitter and going completely dark for a short period of time. This was no doubt due to the amount of hate and criticism he was receiving from T1 fans. One person who reached to support him was huge Twitch personality xQc.

xQc has over four million followers on Twitch.

xQc reached out to LS during T1 fans backlash

LS revealed on stream that the Twitch personality reached out to him in support. “Before I disabled my Twitter and went dark on everything, xQc was one of the very few people who reached out to me,” he said.

It was obvious LS was surprised he had reached out to him due to the streamer’s popularity: “Despite the fact that I’m like an insect compared to him, in terms of like brand and size and everything, it’s very nice.”

LS repeated multiple times that xQc is a “real one”, showing his appreciation for his support and care.

It’s clear that xQc reaching out to LS really meant a lot to him and helped him get through the difficult patch. Sometimes, just reaching out to somebody going through a hard time can make a world of difference.

Now, it’s just great to see LS back on track with the League of Legends content and streaming again.