Saturday, June 14, 2014

Juan Valdez sues Mother Goose and Grimm for $20 Million Dollars

A Colombian coffee-growers group is suing cartoonist Mike Peters of  Mother Goose & Grimm strip involving Colombian coffee and crime syndicates.
According to Colombia Reports, the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia doesn’t see the joke that uses the group’s old slogan, “There’s a little bit of Juan Valdez in every can,” to suggest (I guess?) that the nation’s organized-crime groups use the cans to dispose of human remains.
(Juan Valdez is,the fiction character the federation has used since the late 1950's to market “100-percent Colombian coffee.”)

At a press conference Tuesday in Bogota, the association’s president criticized the strip for linking the “atrocities of the violent groups” to the “hard, honest” work of the nation’s coffee growers.
Gabriel Silva says the group seeks “not just an economic compensation for something that damages the intellectual heritage. We also want moral compensation. How much you may be asking yourself? Well 20 million dollars is all.
BBC World News spoke to a handful of noted Colombian cartoonists, who scoff at the lawsuit.
According to Colombia Reports, Peters — a Pulitzer Prize winner — sent an apology to the El Tiempo newspaper, but didn’t comment on the legal action.
It’s unclear in what jurisdiction the lawsuit will be filed.