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Wednesday, July 09, 2003

STRIPPERELLA: ADD IT TO THE LIST
Black Cat TV. I'm telling you. Screw Spike. Nothing is more appropriate for a network property so accursed as the old New TNN.

I mean, how else can you account for the fact that, fresh off settling with Spike Lee over using the name "Spike", Viacom is now looking at a legal dispute from an unemployed stripper who claims that Stan Lee ripped her off over the idea for Stripperella?

If it wasn't for bad luck, this channel would have no luck at all.

There's a local angle here for me. The club where Janet Clover, the stripper, worked is referred to as Tanga's Jazz. I believe this was the final name that the old Tanga Lounge, formerly on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa, sported. Among the local strip club scene--and Tampa is known far and wide for that scene--it was considered one of the raunchier spots. Still held second place to the much-better-known Mons Venus, of course (Mons king Joe Redner actually owned a half-interest in Tanga). Tanga is no more, having been torn down recently as part of a redevelopment effort in that area.

I'm not expecting this suit to get very far. Clover has practically no proof to back her up other than her word, and if she's not even hiring a lawyer, you can guess she's not going to win. She'll be lucky to get anything at all out of this effort.

It's too bad, because the story is funny enough to be true. And it's fitting that Lee is being called a liar with regards to his latest "creation". Here's a guy who made a career out of taking sole credit for the creation of most of Marvel's most popular characters, a claim that's pretty much been disproven. And now, as a further indignity, he's being accused of stealing creative ideas from a stripper in a seedy club. Priceless!