In my day, a famous animal had to have actual skills, see?
Lassie and Benji: actors
Spuds MacKenzie: mixologist
Keyboard cat: musician
But now all you need for overnight success via the World Wide Web is a facial disfigurement. That’s right—I’m talking to you, Grumpy Cat.
The sullen feline burst onto the scene in 2012 with memes, mugs, stuffed animals, T-shirts, and one of the most disturbing knockoff Halloween masks ever, “Cattitude.”
Three years later, the Internet continues to attach her face to an abundance of topics. You name it, she ain’t having it.
She even takes part in meme-on-meme violence.
Grumpy Cat may now be considering the concept of oversaturation because she done lawyered up and is suing Grenade Beverage for selling an iced coffee the company branded “Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino.”
The suit goes as follows: “Ironically, while the world-famous feline Grumpy Cat and her valuable brand are most often invoked in a tongue-and-cheek fashion, Defendants’ despicable misconduct here has actually given Grumpy Cat and her owners something to be grumpy about.”
Kittie is seeking an injunction plus damages for copyright and trademark infringement.
Grumpy Cat, your Uber is here. Climb on in.