‘Victim’ threatens satirist with libel suit
Do we not like this
Register fan Andrew Simmons has found himself on the wrong side of the law for the heinous crime of making fun out of the dotcom "revolution" and getting out the dustpan and brush to sweep up those shattered dreams.
Andrew posts a "lameness list" of dotcoms, based according to his own unique criteria on his personal Web site and includes a few of our all-time favourites like jamjar.com, letsbuyit.com and dobedo.com. He then gleefully marks them "Falco!" when they go titsup.com.
It's all done with good humour and is exactly the kind of fun-poking that has made this country great. Well, once made it great. It's still not bad though - especially when it comes to comedy. Which was our point.
Anyway, back to the story. Andrew unfortunately managed to draw the attentions of MD of MobileShop.com Grenville Reeves.
Grenville sent Andy a snotty letter telling him to remove MobileShop's name from the list - or else! Andrew bemoaned the fact that he "can't afford to defend my sense of humour legally" was "pissed off" with having to do it, but gave Mr Reeves the benefit of an amusing letter before removing the flimsy dotcom from his list (that, by the way, was also a joke - Mobile Shop is in fact the future of the Internet and has been unfeasibly successful. Surely an IPO is beckoning, even in these unstable times*).
And because the Internet is so amazing you can see the whole saga here with just one click.
Or go to the official Lame List here.
Hats off to Sir Andrew Simmons, defender of humour and self-deprecation. ®
* That, by the way, is sarcasm - a form of humour.
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