California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sued a family-owned business in Canton, Ohio, this month, claiming it has illegally exploited his image with a $19.95 bobblehead doll. Schwarzenegger is seeking damages under a California law that protects celebrities from having people cash in on their famous faces. But the bobblehead doll is not some cheesy Elvis-on-velvet image rip-off, it's a political parody protected by the First Amendment. Ohio Discount Merchandise has a history of producing nodding politicians, including Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. John Kerry, Gen. Wesley Clark and former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani. A word to Gov. Schwarzenegger: Back off, tough guy. You aren't just a movie star anymore.
Hike your pants
Is Derrick Shepherd for real? The Louisiana state representative is trying to make people criminals for the way they wear their pants. His proposal hits below the belt.
Last month, Shepherd, a Democrat, introduced a bill that would impose a $500 fine or six months in prison, or both, for exposing skin or underwear when pants are below the belt. Pop stars like Britney Spears, who grew up near Shepherd's district, have surely contributed to the latest low-rider fashion statement. The hip-hop crowd likes to wear pants low, too. And plumbers. Well, we guess they would be the original offenders in Shepherd's world.
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