Tuesday, May 20, 2008

MFMad Hat(t)er Involved in Doppelgängerbang












Well, possums, it seems that the Season 3 cheftestants are having a bad case of the Doppelgänger. First, Dale Levitski went after this season's Richard Blais like yo momma with the hairbrush for, among other things, his signature fauxhawk: "The hair I will take as a “compliment?” … but also a hack job …." Meow.

And now, Brian MFMalarkey is going after Spike Mendelsohn, ranking him last because, as he so awkwardly puts it, "You are wearing a very similar hat to me."

And, possums, we understand.

The legal test in trademark matters is risk of confusion, and when your capital as a Top Chef contestant is limited to annoying personality trait + annoying fashion accessory, what's to distinguish you from the next scrawny putz in a deerstalker? It's absolutely enough to bring on an existential crisis even in people whose personalities aren't so shallow that an ant would drown in them.

So, possums, a little compassion, please.

6 comments:

hughman said...

i will admit. i didn't notice that much brian's use of hats to trademark his "brand". however spike's "Adrian-esque" use of hats stands out, if only because of it's doucheness.

my theory on hats is "if they don't notice the hat first, it's ok". obvs i had no place in this hatwar.

Anonymous said...

1. Dear Dale: I wouldn't try to call out anyone on terms of style, when you wore MANPRIS in almost every ep of your season. You are more faux pas than fauxhawk. And Richard could kick your ass in the kitchen any day, I would imagine.

2. Brian MFM, I agree. You and Spike are very similar in you are both the "guys who we have no idea have made it this far into the competition". Well done!

Lee said...

"Doppelgängerbang" is my new favorite word.

The Big Shamu said...

This can only mean one thing. Spike in a pirate hat making tuna tartare and poke over and over again.

EB said...

Screw the hat, I don't know about you but I'm running right out to grow my very own 'soul patch' so I can be just like Brian. Because who doesn't need a useless spot of puff under their bottom lip?

Nanc Twop said...

Yes, those evil hats...

After Spike stayed alive last week I posted my theory that those hats somehow confound head judge TomC...

ban the hats!