Why is WWE Superstar Booker T suing Activision?

By FileTrekker 4 years ago, last updated 4 years ago

Well can you dig that, Activision? Hopefully they can, as WWE Superstar Booker T has filed a lawsuit against them for copyright infringement, and the reason is quite bizarre. 

The WWE personality and former wrestler, real name Booker T. Huffman, claims that the Call of Duty 'Prophet' character is an infringement of one of his old wrestling gimmicks, that of "GI Bro", something which we find a little bit bizarre - and unlikely.

I can tell you as a wrestling fan that nobody remembers the GI Bro character, apart from hardcore wrestling fans, and there's a good reason for that - it wasn't very good. Ironically, the character and name that Booker T came up with then was a take on another famous trademark, GI Joe, so, there's that aspect, too.

The reason the issue becomes a little muddled is due to the fact that Booker T released a comic based on his GI Bro character in collaboration with the unrelated Travis Huffman, which makes the character actively protected by copyright and trademark. Now, The Prophet, who has been in the Call of Duty series since Black Ops 3, is actually a cyborg (of sorts), so this issue hasn't come up before. The issue arises due to the fact that in Black Ops 4, The Prophet is human looking, and just so co-incidentally, bares a similar resemblance to an early 90's wrestling persona.

Now, we'll leave it up to you as to weather you feel there's some genuine skulduggery or co-incidence here. Personally, the character is your fairly typical US army type, so it's not much of a stretch for me to see it as co-incidence. Booker T's lawer see's it differently, of course, saying;

When seen side-by-side there can be no question that this character was copied from GI Bro. From the hair, body type and clothing, right down to facial expressions, the similarities are too profound to be an accident 

So yeah, a strange situation indeed. What do you think? Have Activation taken their inspiration from terrible 1990's WCW wrestling gimmicks, or is it pure coincidence? Let us know your thoughts below!


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I do not know what army you are talking about, but there are not soldiers in any armed forces of the USA with dreads.  None.  Booker still looks like this.