“American Idol” felt so threatened by a group of senior citizens in New York that it sent them a cease-and-desist letter for using its logo.
New York Sen. Martin Golden has hosted the knockoff talent competition “Brooklyn Senior Idol” for seven years, and each October the group hangs a look-alike of the “American Idol” logo above the stage.
The stage where elderly people perform.
And Golden recently received a cease-and-desist letter from FremantleMedia North America — the company that produces “American Idol” — warning “Brooklyn Senior Idol” to quit using its logo.
“While our client appreciates your enthusiasm for the American Idol and Idol brands, as a federal trademark owner, FremantleMedia cannot allow the unauthorized use of the Brooklyn Senior Idol Mark in connection with talent competition services,” the letter read.
Keep in the mind that the show was recently canceled. (RELATED: ‘American Idol’ Ending After 15 Seasons)
Golden said he’s taking suggestions for new names.
“The show must go on and I thought it would be great fun to ask Brooklynites to help me rename the contest,” Golden said.
“Brooklyn’s talented seniors will make you laugh, cry and celebrate at the show regardless of what we call it.”