Alfonso Ribeiro clearly isn’t amused by all those kids who are dancing during and after playing “Fortnite.” The former star of the 1990s TV sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” thinks some of the moves belong to him and he’s suing Epic Games to make his point.
Ribeiro is well known for the signature “Carlton Dance,” which he performed on the show and even busted out during his appearance a few years ago on “Dancing With the Stars.”
“Fortnite” — the most popular game on the planet — features characters dancing in what are called emotes, and one such move was released this year called “Fresh” which looks a whole lot like the Carlton.
TMZ reported Monday that Ribeiro said he’s in the middle of copyrighting the Carlton. An attorney for the actor told the website, “It is widely recognized that Mr. Ribeiro’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games … Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like ‘Fresh.’ Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property.”
The lawsuit comes after a similar claim was made by rapper 2 Milly, who said “Fortnite” ripped off his “Milly Rock” moves.