The Girl From The Now Infamous NYC Cat-Call Viral Video Is Suing The Creator For $500,000

by 4 years ago

Remember the video of the girl walking about New York City while being cat-called by strangers? Of course you do. It was one of the most popular viral videos of 2014, spawning dozens and dozens of parodies and a thousand takes and think-pieces at Salon, Slate, Mic, Elite Daily, etc, etc. It was the Internet’s post Ice Bucket-challenge obsession for a hot second.

The woman in the anti-street harassment video is Shoshana Roberts. TMZ reports that Roberts is now suing the director of that video for “at least $500k” for using her likeness to promote their agenda without her permission:

Roberts filed docs against director Rob Bliss and Hollaback! — the anti-street harassment group — for using her likeness to promote their agenda. Her attorney says Shoshana did not have a written agreement with Bliss. He wouldn’t say if she was paid for the gig, but believes she didn’t get everything she was promised. He refused to be more specific.

Roberts is suing for at least $500k.

It doesn’t stop there, though! She’s also suing Google, YouTube and T.G.I. Friday’s … which parodied the the catcall vid for one of its ads.

There is nothing more American than some old fashion lawyering up for a payday post-viral success. And — DAMN! — those apps do look fine.

Now I’m hungry.

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