Judge tells mullet boy to reconsider defamation case against the media
A young Australian whose stupendous mullet sparked a parade of memes is experiencing the Streisand effect as he seeks to sue online media for reporting on his Mississippi mudflap.
SYDNEY — We had completely forgotten about Australian teen Ziggy Mosslmani, who was ridiculed by the Internet for rocking a mullet at a party last year. And what a mullet is was! But Mosslmani and his Kentucky waterfall are going viral again after the 18-year-old filed lawsuits against several high-profile media organizations for publishing stories commenting on the memes spawned from his hairstyle.
The news organizations named in the lawsuits — the Daily Mail, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and the Australian Radio Network — picked up on Mosslmani’s fame after a professional photographer published the original photo to Facebook. That photo was the catalyst for a parade of memes, depicting Mosslmani and his Canadian passport on Mt. Rushmore, as the head of a horse, and with people playing “pin the tail on the donkey” using his mullet as the tail.
Mosslmani’s lawsuits claim the news outlets inferred he was both ridiculous and ugly. But the presiding judge has pushed back on the defamation cases. District Court judge Judith Gibson mulled over the evidence and declared that Mosslmani’s Texas tailgate “generated a great deal of interest on the internet, most of it humorous.” She advised Mullet Boy and his lawyers to file an amended statement of claim before the trial proceedings on Nov. 17.
This photo of Sydney teen Ziggy Mosslmani was taken by a professional photographer at a party in July 2015. After the photo was uploaded to Facebook, it quickly spawned dozens of memes. FACEBOOK / JEREMY NOOL
Mosslmani filed suit against online news sites for reporting on the viral phenomenon and inferring that he was ridiculous and ugly. The judge presiding over the case has asked him to amend his claims, stating the photo generated mostly humorous interest. In support of her decision, she pointed to this meme. FACEBOOK / JEREMY NOOL
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