Shirley Caesar Files Lawsuit Against the ‘U Name It Challenge’
Shirley Caesar is suing DJ Suede for the video released of the viral #UNameItChallenge without her consent.
Caesar claims that one of Suede’s videos “violates the brand, image and name of a Christian pastor” because of its images of alcohol and other things used.
While initially, the remix video was a hit with Caesar, the second video made by Suede had been put out without their knowledge, Caesar's lead attorney James Walker stated. The order has officially been filed against DJ Suede, Jullian Boothe and Empire Distribution as Caeser tries to stop the video, which is being sold on iTunes.
Walker also says Judge Glenda Hatchett agrees with Caesar’s claims. The song has cost her up to $5 million and it jeopardized a deal that she was going into with rap icon Snoop Dogg, having the proceeds from such a project going to help the hungry.
“DJ Suede and his management were in conversations with her lawyer. They didn’t reach an agreement and they put it out anyway,” Hatchett said.
On the other hand, the video Snoop posted at the height of the craze was clean and had no lewd elements, and Caesar appreciated that version.
“Snoop did his clean version to send the message that ‘this is Shirley Caesar’, We need to honor her,'” Walker explained.
Shirley has been making her own profits from the challenge though, via her #UNameItChallenge merchandise. She's got bags, shirts, hoodies, aprons... you name it!
More information about the lawsuit will come as the situation unfolds. In the meantime, check out the #UNameIt website as Caesar is gearing up for the holiday season and giving back to families in need.