A contemporary pop artist recently revealed that he intends to sue Cardi B for her Halloween Marge Simpson costume. The rapper was previously sued by a man who accused her of using one of his tattoos on her album without his consent. She went on to win the case.
Cardi, like most Hollywood stars, is known to go all out for her Halloween attire. While she dressed up as a witch last year, this year, Cardi decided on an animated character in the popular series “The Simpson.” She dressed up as the character, albeit with significantly more revealing clothes than Marge.
Despite the applause and admiring comments when she revealed her costume, Cardi might be on the verge of being sued for her portrayal of the animated mother of three without the proper authorization.
Read on to learn more.
Cardi B Might Be Sued For This Marge Simpson Look
According to Insider, an Italian pop artist named aleXsandro Palombo is preparing to sue Cardi. The artist apparently took offense at her recreation of his work in her Halloween costume. The artist is popular for transforming the Fox animated sitcom “The Simpsons” into his art. He claimed that Cardi’s portrayal of Marge on October 31 was without his permission.
The picture in person shows Cardi in yellow paint to fit the skin of the series character and Marge’s towering blue hair. Over the makeup and wig, the singer wore a dress that featured a cut-out at the backside that showed off her butt.
In the post’s caption, Cardi reportedly failed to credit or tag Palombo; however, his picture was among her posted images on the series shared on October 31. The “Money” singer, however, credited Thierry Mugler, a French designer responsible for the dress in Palombo’s work.
The Artist Said He Contacted Cardi B
Palombo posted a picture of Cardi in the Marge costume on November 1 on Instagram, describing the outfit as his work. He also said that he had reached out to the “Bodak Yellow” rapper earlier concerning the lack of authorization for the post, but she failed to respond. He further noted that her failure to credit him for his work was an intellectual property rights violation.
“We wrote to Mrs. Cardi B and collaborators how come that they never contacted us for authorization to use the artwork and didn’t mentioned [sic] or credit the artist, violating Meta policy about intellectual property rights. Still no answer,” the post read.
Palombo’s lawyer, Claudio Volpi, spoke to Artnet News and disclosed that when she used the artist’s work without credit, the Grammy winner had failed to uphold “the most elementary rules on copyright and Instagram policies.”
After the lack of response to his inquiry, Volpi reportedly sent a formal notice informing Cardi and her group of future legal actions if the request to credit Palombo is not fulfilled.
The ‘Marge Simpson Style Icon’ Series Was Created In 2013
The Italian artist initially created the Mugler-inspired work in 2013 for Vogue UK in the “Marge Simpson Style Icon” series. Palombo explained that the series’ purpose was to transform Marge into a startle icon. It was to reflect the emancipation of women and gender equality via the most notable moments in the last century using fashion costumes.
“There is a Marge Simpson in every woman, and with this tribute, I wanted to ignite the magic that is in every woman; the strength, femininity, elegance, eroticism, and beauty,” the artist said of the work. “I made a strict and careful selection of what, in my opinion, has really influenced the style of the last 100 years.
“Each of these dresses really changed the course of the history of costume, giving a new aesthetic vision that has anticipated major changes in our society,” Palombo said. The fictional mother of three was designed in several attires in the past 100 years, including the exact outfit Cardi wore on Halloween.
Cardi B Won A Lawsuit In October
Cardi was involved in and won a lawsuit in October. The suit was filed by a man named Kevin Michael Brophy, who claimed the rapper had misappropriated his likeness via the use of his tattoo images as her album art. Cardi appeared in a Santa Ana, California, courthouse where she defended herself against Brophy’s claims.
The copyright infringement was for a tattoo of a tiger facing off a snake surrounded by roses located on his back. The tattoo was reportedly edited onto the back of a male model on the cover of Cardi’s debut mixtape, Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1. The model is shown in a limousine giving the rapper oral sex as she helps herself to an alcoholic beverage.
During his testimony, Brophy said, “This was my Michelangelo. People would come up to me: ‘I can’t believe you own that piece, can I see it?’ When you get one little tattoo, that’s one thing. This was a journey. It took a lot of pride. I want to protect this as much as I can.”
I just won this lawsuit …Im soo emotional right now 🥲…I wanna kiss Gods feet right now …..IM BEYOND GRATEFUL!!!!
— Cardi B (@iamcardib) October 21, 2022
The court, however, ruled in Cardi’s favor and denied Brophy the $5 million he sought in damages. The Grammy winner took to social media to share her gratitude, writing, “IM BEYOND GRATEFUL.”