BOG OFF JACOB REES-MOGG
Beano issues cease and desist letter to Walter-impersonating MP
- Beano Studios has issued a formal cease and desist letter to Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, requesting that he STOPS impersonating much-loved character Walter Brown; if he wishes to avoid a day in the dock.
- Beano Studios, purveyor of the Beano comic and Beano.com was notified of the copyright infringement by their young fans.
While Walter made his first appearance in the Beano in 1953 as Dennis the Menace’s neighbour, Rees-Mogg was born 1969 and stands accused of masquerading as the comic book character.
Eagle-eyed young fans informed the publisher of the copyright breach, prompting the publisher to take action due to the distinctive similarities between Rees-Mogg and Walter that could lead to confusion. These include the iconic hair parting, austere dress sense, distinctive round glasses and snootiness.
By infringing such a well-known character, the North East Somerset MP has been issued a stern warning by Beano Studios and is liable for a high court showdown on the matter, should he continue to impersonate Walter.
Mike Stirling, Head of Beano Studios, Scotland said: “We were flattered when we discovered that Jacob Rees-Mogg has dedicated his life to impersonating one of my favourite Beano characters, young Walter. Nonetheless, as a hard-working British media company, we would prefer the public gets its Walter fix in the pages of our comics and on Beano.com , rather than played out on the political stage. In other words, bog off Rees-Mogg!”
So far Mr Rees-Mogg has not responded to the notice. A copy of the official letter sent to Mr Rees-Mogg has been published below.