BadGalRiRi Battles DC Comics in Fight Over Her Own Name
Taking time from her busy schedule of carrying a Red Solo Cup around New York in her dad jeans, finishing up her new album, and starring in an animated movie, Rihanna has found herself in the beginning of a legal battle with DC Comics over her plans to start a new online web magazine.
The singer and leader of the Give No F*cks lifestyle, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, filed a trademark request in June 2014 for the name Robyn. In the request, her company Roraj Trade cited their intent to "provide on-line non-downloadable general feature magazines.” The news has naturally not been met with cheers at DC Comics, who argue that the name is too similar to Robin, Batman’s (probably gay) sidekick.
First introduced as Dick Grayson in Detective Comics #38 in April 1940, Robin has been a historic addition to the Batman mythos and an unforgettable part of pop culture—see Chris O’Donnell’s 1990s portrayal in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. While it is doubtful that Rihanna’s magazine would be mistaken for a monthly collection of stories about the infamous superhero sidekick, DC Comics still moved to stop the trademarking. On May 11, DC Comics submitted a Notice of Opposition to the US Patent and Trademark Office, arguing that the magazine "is likely to cause confusion, cause mistake, or to deceive the public” and that consumers "are likely to be deceived into falsely believing" that there’s a connection between the two products.
As the Robyn legal battle heats up this summer, be on the lookout for how little Rihanna seems to care about DC’s allegations, how many ‘BBHMM’ references are used to describe the negotiations, and how many people rediscover the homoeroticism of Robin’s rubber nipples in Batman & Robin.
Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with ‘BBHMM’ co-writer Bibi Bourelly