Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Hyper-PC at WaPo

Interesting story today in the Washington Post about the denial of a trademark for a line by Damon Wayans. Apparently, Wayans wants to launch a hip-hop clothing line.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark office won't allow him to trademark which, as the WaPo describes, "rapper Jay-Z famously rhymed with 'Jigga.'"

This is political correctness run amok. Is the word vile and offensive? Certainly. Is the Patent and Trademark office acting within its mandate to refuse trademark protection to words that are scandalous or that disparage a particular group? Again, certainly.

But leave it to Pravda-on-the-Potomac to sacrifice accurate reporting on the alter of political correctness.

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