Cardi B’s Viral Marge Simpson Halloween Costume May Result In Legal Action

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Cardi B’s Viral Marge Simpson Halloween Costume May Result In Legal Action

Cardi B may find herself in the courtroom over her 2022 Halloween look.

According to reports, an Italian pop artist named aleXsandro Palombo claims that Cardi B has “illegitimately appropriated” his work without his consent.

Cardi B

As you may recall, rap superstar Cardi B dressed up as a sexy Marge Simpson for Halloween, wearing designs by Thierry Mugler. The Bronx native’s Halloween costume is similar to aleXsandro Palombo’s artwork he allegedly first created back in 2013 as a part of his “Marge Simpsons Style Icon” series.

The artist recently took to Instagram with a post featuring the two creations and wrote,

“@iamcardib Cardi B rebuild
aleXandro Palombo’s iconic pop artwork “Marge Simpson
Style Icon in Thierry Mugler” copyright 2013 by aleXsandro

Update – We wrote to Mrs Cardi B and collaborators how
come that they never contacted us for authorisation to use
the artwork and didn’t mentioned or credit the artist,
violating Meta policy about intelectual property rights. Still
no answer.

The original artwork with Marge Simpson wearing a Thierry Mugler dress that Cardi B published without credits, is a creation of artist aleXsandro Palombo and is part of the “Marge Simpson Style Icon” series that the Italian artist created in 2013, with the intention of transforming Marge in a style icon; a work of reflection on women’s emancipation and gender equality through the most iconic moments of the last 100 years in fashion costume.

‘Cardi B and her collaborators have used my artwork without any authorization, debasing its original meaning and only to amplify their image with a clear commercial
purpose that has nothing to do with that path of social awareness that has always characterized my works. (Extra)ordinary people are welcome to use my artworks
images for personal and non-commercial purposes. To everyone else: STOP STEALING TO ARTISTS’ – aleXsandro Palombo . 

#Cardib #alexsandropalombo” 

Now, the creative is seeking to receive proper credit for the inspired look. Reports claim if Cardi and her team don’t comply, he’s threatening them with legal action.

Attorney Claudio Volpi, who specializes in intellectual property law, is handling Palombo’s case. The attorney wrote in a statement,

“Cardi B has illegitimately appropriated the work of aleXsandro Palombo for mere business purposes in defiance of the most elementary rules on copyright and Instagram policies, with the consequent serious risks, both of compensation and of discredit for her public image.”

Reportedly, no formal lawsuit is in place at this time. However, Palombo and his legal representation have reached out to several contacts on the “Up” rapper’s team.

According to reports, Palombo’s publicist also spoke with photographer Jora Fratzis, who made claims that Cardi wasn’t “aware there was an artist behind this image previously.” However, she’s “happy to add the credits.”

Cardi B

Following their conversation, Palombo reportedly made a request that everyone involved in the 30-year-old’s Halloween project publishes a “remedial” post giving him proper credit and linking to his Instagram page.

When making contact with Cardi’s publicity team at Atlantic Records, Claudio Volpi sent a request that a follow-up post appears within seven days, on top of a correction on the previous post the rap artist shared on Halloween. If the parties fail to comply, Palombo reportedly plans to take further legal action.

To date, the post is still on Cardi’s Instagram page without credit to the artist.

What are your thoughts on Cardi B potentially getting sued over her Halloween costume? Let us know in the comment section below! 

[Sources: 1, 2]

Authored by: Ariel Whitely