Chubby Checker is suing Hewlett-Packard for using his name on an app that “guesses the size of a man’s penis.” Checker’s attorneys are seeking $500 million in damages.
The “Chubby Checker” application, developed for the Palm OS platform, allowed women to enter a man’s shoe size for an estimation of his penis size. As stated in the original ad, the application was meant to prevent “disappointment or surprise.”
The questionable application was created for the HP Palm OS by Magic Apps, a studio that no longer exists. The app was removed from all official Hewlett-Packard and Palm OS listings last September.
Checker’s attorney Willie Gray fears that the application, bearing the same name as the singer, caused “irreparable damage and harm” to the real Chubby Checker’s reputation. As reported by the Market Watch, Gray explains why the lawsuit was filed:
“This lawsuit is about preserving the integrity and legacy of a man who has spent years working hard at his musical craft and has earned the position of one of the greatest musical entertainers of all time.”
The creator of the “Twist” was born Ernest Evans. He has used the stage name Chubby Checker for over 50 years. In 1997, the name “Chubby Checker” was trademarked. As reported by the Guardian, Gray is concerned that people who purchased the application will assume that it was endorsed by the singer. Checker does not want his name associated with “obscene, sexual connotation and images.”
Chubby Checker is suing Hewlett-Packard for “all profits” received from the sale of the penis sizing application. That figure is close to $500 million.