Lauren Boebert’s ‘Micky’ tweet derails congresswoman’s attack on Disney
Lauren Boebert captured a significant amount of internet attention on Monday night after posting a tweet attacking the Walt Disney Company that likely would have benefited from a second pair of eyes, as an unavoidable typo derailed the diatribe of the Republican deputy against society in a very public self-ownership.
The Colorado congresswoman had tweeted a line that was likely in response to Florida’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, which broadly bans discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity from women. K-3 classroom, while discouraging anything of that nature that the bill deems “not age-appropriate” in older grades.
“Next year woke Disney lobbyists will ask Congress to expand the Micky Mouse trademark. I don’t think so,” the Colorado rep tweeted.
Disney, though initially denounced by opponents of the bill for not doing enough, has since said its “goal as a company is to have this law repealed by the legislature or struck down by the courts.”
Conservative lawmakers, including Ms Boebert, have been on the attack since the entertainment juggernaut became a vocal opponent of Governor Ron DeSantis’ legislation, signed into law last week, although it won’t become law until July 1.
Although Ms Boebert had intended to take on the animation company, one of Florida’s largest employers, she ended up taking a beating on herself after a spelling mistake of the company’s bread-and-butter character, Mickey Mouse, distracted a lot from the rant she was trying to make.
The misspelling, which was missing the “e” in “Mickey,” also forced one of his congressional colleagues to wade into the debacle. Representative Ted Lieu tried to help the freshman congresswoman by explaining how trademark law is legislated in the United States.
In his tweet, the Democratic congressman from California pointed out that a company like Disney does not need to reapply for a trademark once it has registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Once that’s done, he explained, the company simply needs to renew it, which for a media company that held assets totaling more than $203.61 billion in 2021 would likely be able to stand. allow it.
The California lawmaker also added that Ms Boebert clearly had a misunderstanding of how trademark and copyright law works, because “Congress doesn’t legislate on individual marks.”
The tweet, which appears to have sparked an online backlash that had the opposite effect the congresswoman was seeking to inspire, drew even more online impressions from voters and general observers.
Some began to point out that Ms. Boebert had a general misunderstanding of how copyright law works, while others ridiculed the Republican politician for typing the name of the iconic Disney character, especially when there’s a song in the corporate canon that specifically spells out, letter by letter, how to spell ‘Mickey’ correctly.