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Info about the case of Woody Allen vs. American Apparel continues to trickle out. Today brings an official statement from the clothing company on their unauthorized usage of the filmmaker's visage on billboards in NYC and LA. Charney & Co. are claiming the stunt was 'social parody.' Their explanation: 'We also use [billboards] as a vehicle for non-commercial, social and political commentary. We had no intention of selling garments through the use of Mr. Allen’s image ? We will make every effort to resolve this with Mr. Allen in an amicable way.' Well, if they had intended to use Allen to sell clothing, they would have certainly picked a more revealing image to to paste up on those billboards, now wouldn't they? A few questions: Are the minds behind American Apparel really capable of social parody? And if so, what did it all mean, anyway?
· American Apparel Defends Woody Allen Billboard [DNR]
· Woody Allen Sues American Apparel [Racked]