Cocky video game collector and hot sauce bottler Billy Mitchell, made famous by the documentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, recently attempted to sue Cartoon Network over a spoof character that appeared back in the second season of Regular Show, specifically in the episode “High Score.” Mordecai and Rigby entered a video game tournament straight out of “The Wizard” and had to face off against Garrett Bobby Ferguson, who was a giant angry head with a beard that took games far too seriously. It takes one to know one, and Mitchell recognized the portrayal immediately.
New Jersey Federal District Judge Anne Thompson threw out the lawsuit upon arrival, citing a document signed by Thomas Jefferson centuries ago that might cause a problem for anyone trying to ban a parody. In addition, she added this: “The television character does not match the plaintiff in appearance: GBF appears as a non-human creature, a giant floating head with no body from outer space, while Plaintiff is a human being. And when GBF loses his title, the character literally explodes, unlike Plaintiff.”
King of Kong, of course, did far more damage to Mitchell’s public image than a cartoon ever could. Mitchell has put forth no effort to improve that image since, and actions like this aren’t going to help. This episode might have come and gone without anyone ever bringing it up to him at a party, but you can bet he’s going to be hearing about it for a long time NOW.