Shed Simove, a Jewish comic from the United Kingdom, is facing some serious legal troubles after his application to trademark his latest sex toy: The Rampant Rabbi vibrator, which he is selling via his website, Masturpieces.
The popular adult chain Ann Summers is accusing Simove of infringement, saying the rabbi-shaped vibrator bears striking resemblance to their own line of vibrators (in both name and physical appearance): The Rampant Rabbit.
According to the New York Daily News,
Ann Summers argues that the two vibrators can be easily confused.
The adult chain registered its opposition of the Rampant Rabbi vibrator with the British Intellectual Property Office "due to a conflicting mark with our trademark", and does not seem keen on negotiations; Simove, however, hopes to settle the issue peacefully and even possibly partner with Ann Summers if they would be so inclined.
“The dream outcome would be that the talented team at Ann Summers now see how well my Rampant Rabbi has turned out and ask to stock it in their stores next to their ‘Rampant Rabbits’ – that’d be amazing,” he said.
The 'Rampant Rabbi' vibrator - accompanied by several hilariously inappropriate taglines including “Oh God! Oh God! Oh God!”, "The Chosen Dildo," "Comes With 69 Commandments," and "Get Rejewvenated" - offers “the modern Jewish woman a religious experience."
Too many good puns.
Simove hopes to sell them for $160 a piece if Ann Summers drops the case.
When asked by the New York Daily News if the vibrator is offensive to Jewish people, Simove replied nonchalantly: “I am Jewish and a fan of laughing at one’s culture.”
This is not the first time Simove has been in the headlines for his interesting choices for names when it comes to sex toys; his other creations include Buckingham Phallus, which resembles Queen Elizabeth II.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life