YOKO ONO VS. BEN STEIN: THUNDERDOME

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04.24.08 37 Comments

Everybody’s favorite person Yoko Ono is suing the makers of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, the Ben Stein-narrated anti-evolution documentary, for using John Lennon’s hit song "Imagine" without permission. 

They seek to bar the filmmakers and distributors from using the song in the movie, as well as unspecified damages.

The [film’s] producers cited the fair use doctrine, which allows the use of copyrighted materials for the purposes of commentary and criticism. "We are disappointed therefore that Yoko Ono and others have decided to challenge our free speech right to comment on the song ‘Imagine’ in our documentary film," they said in a statement.

Gosh, I don’t know who to side with on this one.  I think it was the wise king Solomon who said, "Hey, let’s settle this by cutting someone in half.  Hmm, Yoko? Stein?  Aw, fuck it, let’s do ’em both."

Sidenote: I also made this.  I think it really drives home my point about her looking like a tortoise. 

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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