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Knievel Sues 'Kanyevel' Over Jumpsuit

12/12/2006 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

World-famous daredevil Evel Knievel, 68, has sued rapper Kanye West -- over a cheesy jumpsuit and a rocket-propelled Skycycle.
Evel Kneivel, Kanye West
In a lawsuit filed Monday in Federal Court in Florida, the daredevil claims that Kanye infringed on his trademark name and likeness in West's video for "Touch the Sky." In the video, West portrays a character named "Evel Kanyevel" who attempts to jump a large canyon, not unlike Knievel's famous 1974 jump of Snake River Canyon in Idaho, which was not successful.

Knievel argues that the white jumpsuit he wore for the stunt and the "Skycycle" that he used are trademarked. Knievel also claims in the suit that "vulgar and offensive" images depicted in the video damage his reputation.

The lawsuit asks for damages and seeks to halt distribution of the video. West's reps couldn't be immediately reached for comment. No word on whether Knievel knows how many of Kanye West's fans were actually alive in 1974.

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31.

Charlotte    

LMAO LOVE IT!!! It couldn't have happened to a better person.

2849 days ago
32.

nik    

It's funny how a white man is suing for copyright infringement. Hasen't the white man been ripping of every other culture since the beginning of time? From slaves, to Natives, and any culture in between, if the see the dollar signs then they go for it. II'm getting soooo tired of everyone getting on Kanye. He is a very talented man, get off his back!!!!!

2849 days ago
33.

Nicole    

Buttercup,

Did you honestly ask why black people came here from "our" country?

Um, most black people didn't come here voluntarily... our ancestors were brought here on SLAVE SHIPS. You know, during that time when we were ENSLAVED for hundreds of years? Interesting how *some people* like to ignore that part of history.

Your post shows the American educational system at its best.

Why complain about posters making this a racial issue if you're just going to bitch about racial issues in your own post? A little hypocritical, I must say...

On to Kanye West: I used to be a huge fan of his. But his head has gotten so big that it can no longer fit through normal doors. And to those who say he's racist: I disagree. I think he hates everyone who is not him. I say this because he recently made some comments about black and mixed-race women that was HIGHLY offensive. So a lot of black people don't like him either.

Who is buying this guy's albums? Everyone seems to hate him, yet he's still selling millions of albums...

2849 days ago
34.

TrueStorie    

kanye's light keeps getting dimmer and dimmer .maybe he should blow it out himself and save the embarrassment of being a has been. his arrogance and ignorance will do him in. i never thought he had any talent.

2849 days ago
35.

gagal    

Hey Nik you seem to be the only one that thinks he has talent!

2849 days ago
36.

Go Away    

Ya know... ever since that Michael Richards rant blew up on TMZ you can't read a few comments before finding a racist one. What is this? It's like open season for this sh*t. Evel has a right to sue for likeness rights. Kanye is a pompous a**hole. Wtf can people of any race do about what has happened in the past? NOTHING. Deal with the now and move on. It's easy to tell people to go back to their own country but they're not going to so stfu already. Kaybee and Pround to be Hispanic and a bunch of other people on here... you're all racist and ignorant. But please, exercise your freedom of speech. You're keeping us all entertained with your inane comments. Bravo.

2849 days ago
37.

nik    

Buttercup get your head out of the clouds the reason that there are BET's and Black award shows is because before that time we were excluded from everything. as soon as we decide that we don't need your media outlet and create our own it's called racism. Maybe some of these white folks out here should spend some time in the shoes of a minority and then maybe you will have a different outlook. Some of you people really show your trailer park upbringings.

2849 days ago
38.

glynne1964    

I grew up watching Evel performing his stunts. I remember watching his failed attempt to jump the Snake River. His jumpsuits, just like Elvis' case, are one of his trademarks. Those jumpsuits maybe "cheesy", but remember it was the '70's!!! You'd be suprised at all the stars/celebs that wore them!

As for the rocket bike, Kayne would soooo crash & burn on a real one! UGH! He is sooo full of himself! Bet if it were someone to use his trademark or use a version of his name HE'D BE SUIN'!!! Dumb ole Kayne brought this mess upon himself. No sympathy here!

2849 days ago
39.

me    

1. For all the people saying go back to your own country, unless you’re native American…..right back at you.
2. Who had even given evel knevel a second thought before the kanye video? He was lost and forgotten. The video was more of a tribute than a rip off.
3. Black people can’t “go home” buttercup because white people brought us here in the first place and now their trying to take over Africa too. It’s like Mr. Smith said in the Matrix, you’re a virus. you’re just not happy until you’ve moved into an area and used up all the resources there. Then you move on to someplace else. Mission to Mars anyone??!!
4. There is a black entertainment channel and African American awards shows because if there wasn’t, we’d there wouldn’t be an outlet for us to watch music and entertainment we like. Not like anyone else is interested in diversity. And MTV doesn’t count. They take the trashiest bits of our culture and play them over and over again until blood comes out of our eyes and ears…And that goes for white music too. We’d be stuck watching SEINFELD all day. (Used to think it was funny…now it just feels like a lie) There is a white entertainment channel, it’s called CBS…or is it ABC….or NBC….or HBO…I don’t know it’s so hard to tell with the lack of diversity and all.
5. I think Kanye is annoying and whiney too but you guys really need to get off your white horse. You talk about minorities being sensitive and then you turn around and turn a post about a legal issue into a race issue. GET OVER YOURSELVES.
6. CMG just go the fuck to hell. I can respect everyone else’s opinions but you’re just an asshole. But it’s ok. Don’t be scared. It’ll all be over soon. Through the diversity of the younger generations and the effects of global warming, someday everyone will at least be BROWN and you won’t have to worry. Shhhh….hush now. Don’t get yourself all worked up. Have a hug.

2849 days ago
40.

gagal    

Hey, niknik you are showing your ghetto upbringing. Someone needs a history lesson, do you know who sold you into slavery, your black brother.

2849 days ago
41.

KELLY    

HEY "PROUD TO BE HISPANIC" IF THEY HAVE AN "ORIGINAL COUNTRY THEN WHY DON'T THEY GO BACK THERE??? JACKASS!

2849 days ago
42.

BORED    

u know what really sucks, this article started off as a piece on a lawsuit between 2 entertainers, now because America is so damn ignorant they turn it into an ugly discussion on race and talent. get a grip

2849 days ago
43.

KELLY    

I AM SO SICK OF THE CONSTANT WHINING OF MINORITIES! JEEZUS! FIRST OF ALL IF YOU LIVE IN AMERICA WHITES SEEM TO THE MINORITIES THESE DAYS! AND SECOND OF ALL EVERYONE HAS THE ABILITY TO SUCCEED IN LIFE EQUALLY IF YOU JUST APPLY YOUR DAMN SELF. GROW UP AND QUIT PLAYING THE RACE CARD!

2849 days ago
44.

shugbe    

This story is not about race, it is about one "artist" blatantly ripping off another. I am no great admirer of stunt artists, but I once met Evel K and he was very polite and signed his autograph "Happy Landings, Evel Knieval." I am pretty sure that he did not make much money off his career so I think KW does owe EK something for using Knieval's image to make money for himself.

2849 days ago
45.

NY    

Can't wait to see how this one plays out. Wonder if Kanye will be running his big ass mouth to the judge?

2849 days ago
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