Friday, September 25, 2009

Will the Real Elmer Fudd Please Stand Up?

Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in "The Wabbit ...Image via Wikipedia
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach, S.C., plans to out Elmer Fudd on October 2, unless he comes forward.

This is not a post about the sexual orientation of cartoon characters about which "TUOL" cares little (though admittedly has some doubts about Pepe Le Pew), but rather, a bona fide defamation case brought in the Horry County Court of Common Pleas by the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce against a John Doe blogging under the pseudonym (presumably) of Elmer Fudd.

According to the Web site of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (, the Chamber sued on Sept. 4 after alleged false postings by Fudd on, claiming that the Horry County Sheriff's Office had raided the Chamber office and seized computers, which the Sheriff's office has denied. The newspaper is not a party to the suit, but received a subpoena from the Chamber's attorneys seeking the identity of Elmer Fudd. The newspaper will produce the screen name and Internet provider address to Chamber counsel unless it receives a response to its Email to Fudd notifying him of the subpoena that indicates Fudd's intent to contest the subpoena on First Amendment grounds.

Some free legal advice from "TUOL to Elmer Fudd: "Be vewwwwy qwiet, huh, huh, huh..."
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  1. I admire your writing and your wordplay, and I thank you for your informative site and the many smiles (and occasional laughs) you provide.

  2. That's a dud Fudd in the picture. Compare him with other pictures of Elmer: head's wrong shape, face (and hat) is too small, expression is wrong. Some wascally wabbit must have switched pictures.

  3. Sorry, Alan it's the lawyer in me coming through. The Elmer Fudd depicted is in the "public domain," while Warner Bros. still owns the Fudd of your childhood.

  4. Thanks. I see now that it was your Fudd-uciary responsibility.