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Is Mainstream Comedy Stealing From LGBTQ Content Creators?

Is Mainstream Comedy Stealing From LGBTQ Content Creators?


John Raphael & James Stapleton Are Suspicious!

Ahh! I gave such a huge side eye this weekend after coming across one of my social media friends, James Stapleton, posting some super suspect tweets and Instagram stories. I’ve wrote about Stapleton and his content creating partner – also Kathy Griffin’s former assistant – John Raphael previously. They’ve collectively done a handful of video parodies that are quick, creative, and fun content you can see on their YouTube Channel, A Brit And A Yank. I first heard about these boys over a year ago when they created an Annie parody starring Colton Haynes and Lisa Rinna. While the boys should definitely be bigger than their digital presence, their rise is rather impressive and I cannot wait to see more content that they push out. Trust me, I’m not the only one keeping an eye out for their next video. Let me break it down for you:


Twice now, the boys have released two parodies that have seemingly been taken and put into television shows like The Ellen Show and James Corden. With a barely-there-budget, the boys pump out content to make us laugh, but it is also important to remember that these two live and work in Los Angeles, where Corden and Ellen’s shows reside. First, the boys released an Amazon / Alexa parody featuring Megan Mullally’s character of Karen Walker from Will and Grace in anticipation for the reboot. I actually wrote and promoted this in September for Instinct Magazine. Before they did their Karen-Alexa combo; a running series of videos were the Real Housewives as smack-talking Alexa parodies. Yes, they did it first. Well, it looks like Ellen’s producers decided to take note of the funny parody and recreate a new Alexa. Check out Ellen’s parody below:



Compared to A Brit And A Yank’s Karen-Alexa combo:


 

Interesting. This could definitely be one of those whole “great minds think alike” things, but I’m not necessarily buying it. At least, definitely not for Corden’s show. The Brit And A Yank team – almost a year ago – parodied Melania Trump singing Part of Your World, made famous from my favorite Disney film, The Little Mermaid. Okay, so here the YouTube boy’s version with Shannon Doe providing vocals:



Now, here’s Corden’s dragtastic branch:


Corden does drag more than RuPaul, seriously. Anyway, still on topic: Corden’s team legit almost word-for-word, move-for-move used exactly what the boys had created a year ago. It turns out, someone in production from Corden’s show – the show’s Executive Producer, Ben Winston, tweeted at one half of the YouTube team claiming that he’d never seen their video before:


 


Which is great. Fine and over with, right? Eh. Okay, so Winston has previously been accused of stealing other smaller named artist’s ideas. He directed a One Direction music video four years ago and denies all allegations of stealing an Australian band’s VFX tricks.

So, now this all begs the question: Are larger, corporate companies picking the ideas off the little man and getting away with it? Or, is this just a big ole’ coincidence?  Hmm…

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Wow what a bunch of cowards. They knew what they were doing and it's not only unacceptable it's absolutely pathetic that with the money and resources James Corden has he couldn't come up with some original content. 

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I can buy the Ellen one  being a coincidence simply because they went in 2 different directions. Ellen’s being about Alexa trying to break the couple up. Where as the other gave Alexa not only Karen’s voice but also her attitude buy using audio clips from will & Grace.  The only connecting fiber is Alexa & it being a bad personal assistant plus Alexa wasn’t even the digital assistant’s name used in the 2nd clip (which was way better than the one that was on Ellen). You could argue that both are a rip off of the film Her if they only connection is a digital assistant. The one done on James Cordons show is a different matter. Yes it could be a coincidence since The Late Late show does like doing Disney & musicals but it’s a tad bit too similar in my opinion. However again the clip done by the Brit and the Yank was way better. 

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They were obviously ripped off. Rarely do up-and coming artists get the opportunity to have their claims of intellectual property theft by mainstream productions see the light of day. So kudos to Instinct for covering this story. Hopefully this will help motivate studios to reconsider using someone else’s material uncredited and instead collaborate with them.

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I do not believe in coincidences like this...I think these two shows definitely ripped off the creativity of "A Brit and A Yank." The people who are responsible at "Ellen" and "The Late, Late Show" should be ashamed of themselves.

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