Sunday, November 25, 2007

a ROCKIN' note of irony in a Britney Spears video



(above) Britney headed for a parking lot fender-bender (courtesy YouTube)
Britney, joy ridin' with a gal-pal in L.A.
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Lo, the many ways in which automobiles and celebrity rock stars factor together. This just in from Paris (France, not Hilton):
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"Luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton has won a lawsuit that alleged a Britney Spears music video violated counterfeiting laws by showcasing a pink Vuitton-upholstered dashboard.
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"A Paris civil court ordered Sony BMG and MTV Online to stop broadcasting or marketing the video for "Do Something" in any form, and fined them 80,000 euros ($117,000) apiece, a spokeswoman for Paris-based Louis Vuitton said Monday (Nov. 19). The ruling was handed down last week.
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"In the opening scenes of the video, Spears appears in the driver's seat of a hot pink Hummer floating on make-believe clouds. One shot shows fingers drumming on a dashboard covered with what looks like Vuitton's "Cherry Blossoms" design: dark pink blossoms on a pale pink, weblike background, embossed with the "LV" logo.
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"The court did not find Spears herself guilty but ruled that Sony BMG and MTV Online were guilty of violating counterfeiting laws. The ruling said the video constituted an "attack" on Louis Vuitton's brands and its luxury image, the spokeswoman said.
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"It was not immediately clear how the ban would be enforced or whether the companies would appeal. Louis Vuitton, whose signature handbags are a prime target of counterfeiters worldwide, has fought vigorously through French and other courts to protect its trademark goods."
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At this time, we won't go into the details of Spears running a red light with her kids in the car, or address the many YouTube videos of Spears buying a Mercedes out in Van Nuys, or her infamous parking lot fender bender (also for all the world to see) or her earlier wielding an umbrella to attack a car, or whatever. Nevertheless, however tenuous, the connection's still there: rock, rockers, rock stars, and cars. It's all good. Peace out.

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