I was made for suing you baby

Posted by Iannucci | 9/04/2008 | 12 comments »
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Expect the IRL to get free airtime on "Extra" and "Entertainment Tonight" in the near future.

A Los Angeles man claims in a lawsuit that Gene Simmons took him for a ride on a marketing deal with the Indy Racing League.

Allan Brown on Wednesday sued Simmons and two business partners, claiming the group cut him out of a 2006 deal between the Kiss bassist and the racing league.

Brown is seeking unspecified damages and is claiming fraud and slander. His suit alleges he helped broker the deal between Simmons and the IRL, but was cut out of the contract while on a personal vacation.

He also claims Simmons and his business partners mischaracterized him as "lazy" and "rich" to racing league officials.

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There isn’t a whole lot of detail so far about this lawsuit, so we’ll have to wait and see what the fuss is specifically about. I don’t think calling someone else “lazy” and “rich” is a legal transgression, but if The Tongue did in fact utter those words it’s reminiscent of a line involving a pot, a kettle and the color black.

On a related note, anonymous IndyCar fans are considering a class action lawsuit against Simmons for physical and mental damages related to repeated listenings to "I AM MINDY!" during race broadcasts.

12 comments

  1. Carrie // September 04, 2008 8:03 AM  

    "I Am Mindy HEY!" is about eighty-seven thousand times better than that stupid NASCAR Love song we were forced to listen to on the Fox broadcasts this year.

  2. Brian // September 04, 2008 10:18 AM  

    Who forces you to watch NASTYCAR broadcasts?!

  3. yaumb // September 04, 2008 12:30 PM  

    Carrie, I'd rather sit strapped naked to a razor-encrusted chair with my eyeballs pasted in habanero sauce while listening to an endless loop of "Let's Go Racin' Boys" in one ear and DW shouting "Boogity!" in the other than have to listen to one more rendition of "I Am Indy!" - or, for that matter, another sleazy, low-rent corporate pitch from Gene Simmons (do you have any idea how funny CEOs find the "Rock stars in rocketships" line?).

    I'd let Milka Duno drive me to work every day if it meant Gene Simmons was nowhere near motorsports of any kind.

  4. Carrie // September 04, 2008 1:36 PM  

    No one, Brian. Apparently, I'm into self-flagellation.

  5. beth // September 04, 2008 2:16 PM  

    IyammidyHAY is stupid. So is Simmons. And by the way, he never did come home.

  6. Anonymous // September 04, 2008 3:54 PM  

    If they paid that fool $1, and I'm sure it was $1 with many zeroes after it, they paid him too much. He's a tool of the highest order who took the IRL for a ride they didn't need.

    We're getting Ashley Judd back. Time to trade one braying idiot for another.

  7. Robert NJ // September 04, 2008 5:18 PM  

    Sure sounds like someone is trying to ride the coat tails of Simmons here. I would love to hear from TG how much (in $$) Simmons brought to the IRL - I have heard that he has done quite a bit of promo and brought some sizable sponsors to the table/ teams.
    As bad as "I am Indy" might be - I agree it is 1 billion times better than DW and Mac&Cheese or the Tin-top love ballad.

  8. yaumb // September 04, 2008 5:37 PM  

    I've heard Gene Simmons has brought a lot of big sponsors to the IRL. I've also heard that the Earth is flat, that the Apollo moon landings were faked, and that Al Qaeda used Iraq as a staging area for 9/11.

    About the only thing Gene Simmons has brought to the IRL is a lot of unnecessary '70s sleaze and the worst theme song ever written. "I love the way I feel, to be me is something real..." Yeeeeeeeeeeesh!

  9. Anonymous // September 04, 2008 5:55 PM  

    Oh gawd! Is THAT what it says?!! Yeeeesh!

  10. Sarah Fan // September 04, 2008 11:00 PM  

    OMG. I had no idea - the words were all blurred to me. That's gross!

  11. IRL Fan 03 // September 05, 2008 6:27 AM  

    I personally hate the song, but get your facts straight:

    I am Indy
    I am Indy
    Hey
    Hey
    I am everything I want
    I got everything I need
    Know exactly what to do cause I am Indy
    Hey
    And I love the way I feel
    To be me is something real cause I am Indy
    I am Indy
    Hey
    I am everything I want
    I got everything I need
    Know exactly what to do cause I am Indy
    Hey
    And I love the way I feel
    When I get behind the wheel
    Cause I am Indy
    I am Indy
    Hey I am Indy
    Hey I am Indy
    Hey I am Indy
    Hey I am Indy
    Hey I am Indy
    Hey I am Indy
    Hey

  12. yaumb // September 05, 2008 8:17 AM  

    GAHHHHH!! MY EYES!!!