5 Hilarious Lawsuits Involving Porn Parodies (NSFW)

Categories: Film and TV

Pornographic parodies of mainstream films and television shows, also called parallel porn titles, are a lot like licensed video games, honestly. Some of them are great, but most of them are kind of an embarrassment to themselves. I've owned the Rocky Porno Video Show, Twin Cheeks and a hot but ridiculous Scooby Doo title that has Bree Olson as Daphne. Watching every single one of them has left me asking, "Exactly what is in the water in East Houston that I paid money to be experiencing this?"

Then again, there's an even bigger quandary: How the hell do companies get away with this in the first place? True, satire is protected under the First Amendment, but is it satire if you just remake the movie and hit the "Add Fucking Here" button?

The law is actually really unclear on this point, and in several cases there have been legal challenges to planned porn projects that have derailed our chance to see high-end Rule 34 in action. There's a really great article by Peter Nowak on this issue that you should read. Today we celebrate you, the legal system, for patiently saying, "Yes, I will listen to you argue about porn." Whatever judges are paid, it's probably not enough.

The Best Pop-Culture Porn Parodies Today (NSFW)

Fifty Shades of Grey: Universal is making a Fifty Shades of Grey film because apparently movie theater ushers don't have enough shit to deal with without having to throw out soccer moms surreptitiously masturbating in the local multiplex. Smash beat Universal to the punch with Fifty Shades of Grey: A XXX Adaptation. Universal, realizing that allowing an actual porn to compete with their pseudo-porn was a legitimate threat, sued Smash.

Here's where it gets hilarious. Smash countersued Universal, arguing that Fifty Shades of Grey was public domain. Why? Because the whole thing developed from a Twilight fan fic called Master of the Universe on online forums under the username Snowqueen's Icedragon. I'm pretty sure that's the stupidest sentence I've ever typed, by the way, though it does explain the whole phenomenon and also why other countries hate us. The countersuit went nowhere. Just because something is hilarious doesn't mean it's right, and Smash and Universal settled.

Ben & Jerry's: How do you porn-parody ice cream? That sounds like a Zen riddle, but there's a straight answer. Rodax Distributors and Caballero Video ran out of puns at some point, and decided that the oh so clever names of Ben & Jerry flavors would easily lend themselves to descriptions of people boning as well as presumably the worst tie-in product ever. No one wants to eat porn ice cream.

Under the heading Ben & Cherry's, we saw videos like Boston Cream Thigh, New York Fat & Chunky, Peanut Butter D-Cup, and the ominous-sounding Chocolate Fudge Babes. Ben & Jerry's successfully sued over the matter to halt production of the titles and said that they had been besmirched. Apparently this is where they draw the line. I would have thought naming two evil businessmen in Twin Peaks after the company would be worse, but what do I know? I'm a guy who's getting paid to talk about pornos and ice cream.

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