Lady Gaga threatens to sue over 'Baby Gaga' human breast milk ice cream
Lady Gaga wants the makers of "Baby Gaga" ice cream to stop using her name.
March 4th, 2011
08:00 PM ET

Lady Gaga threatens to sue over 'Baby Gaga' human breast milk ice cream

Lady Gaga has threatened to sue the makers of an ice cream made from human breast milk if they don't stop selling the product under the name "Baby Gaga."

News of the flavor's sale in a London sweets shop by a waitress dressed like Lady Gaga raised eyebrows worldwide and led to its confiscation after the Westminister City Council deemed it unfit for human consumption.

That hasn't stopped the meat-wearing entertainer from accusing Covent Garden's Icecreamists of riding her "coattails" to promote a "deliberately provocative" product that many consider "nausea-inducing," according to legal documents filed on her behalf.

In using her name and her image, Gaga - whose real name is Stefani Germanotta - accuses the shop of misleading the public into believing she endorses the concoction of breast milk, vanilla pods and lemon zest.

"The references you are making to Lady Gaga are thus clearly deliberate and intended to take advantage of her reputation and good will," the document states.

Furthermore, "associating the Lady Gaga mark with a food product which may be unsafe for human consumption (owing to the risk of it carrying such viruses as hepatitis) is also highly detrimental" to her brand, according to the document.

Gaga demands that Icecreamists change the name of the ice cream to something that is not "aurally, visually or conceptually similar" to Lady Gaga and to remove all references to Baby Gaga from their website and marketing materials or face an injunction and further legal proceedings.

The owner of Icecreamists, Matt O'Connor, said he intends to fight the allegations, which he calls "preposterous and outrageous."

He also said he plans to continue selling the breast milk ice cream under the name Baby Gaga if he gets the ice cream back from the council.

"We think this is very unnecessary, the whole thing will be over by next week, but we are prepared to fight this in court," he said.

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  1. alexash

    mmmmm REAL TASTY

    March 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • karmaapple

      The real story here is finding something that shocked Lady Gaga

      March 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Oh you want a lawsuit huh?

      March 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      She stole the name in the first place.. This is like calling the kettle black.. She stole this name from a Queen song and she admits it.. This is a typical hipster move.. I liked her until now.. What a beach move this is.. Get lost freakazoid !

      March 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlisonNoelle

      I find that last remark about Italians extremely offensive. Please enlighten me on how typical Italians have no morals.

      March 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Doug, why don't you talk about how all Polish people are dumb and how all Irish are drunks. You bigoted POS

      March 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • 12 Times

      Wow, this gaga gagger thinks she some hot ship (t instead of p).

      March 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      I love how these moronic celebs think they own things just because they come up with stupid names. I guess she is going to say she owns goo goo gaga now.. Moronic!! She's got the IQ of dirt!

      March 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • annnette22

      Wow, my nickname since I was two is Lady Gaga. She's stolen my nickname! I smell lawsuit. LOL.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lady Caca

      Hi, I'm caca.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • nick

      @Doug -= t does not matter if she took the name from Queen. She registered the trademark before the Queen estate and that my friend is the law. She has every legal right per trademark law to sue the hell out of them. PS her name was taken as an homage. thats not theft. Thats paying honor.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      I have tasted breast milk before feeding it to my baby and it's sweet. HOWEVER, it's for the BABY not for other people to eat. Gross! She's not a cow and products should not be made for anyone but her baby from the breast milk. I hope Gaga sues their pants off.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheRiverStyx

      @Ralph Yeah, cause drinking milk that came from a different mammal's teats is far less disgusting. "Hey guys, instead of drinking breast milk, which we used to drink anyway, let's drink the bodily fluids of other mammals."

      March 4, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • General Specific

      @Jack
      It's goo goo gaa gaa. Thanks anyways.

      March 5, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • General Specific

      @TheRiverStyx
      Actually, it is far less disgusting. Who is checking quality control here with this boob juice? Just the establishment with no oversight by anyone else? Yeah, no thanks.

      March 5, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • General Disgust

      @TheRiverStyx You are referring to cow and goat's milk?

      March 5, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Bay Gaga Fan

      http://www.baby-gaga.com/
      There is an amazing amount of information and resources covering virtually every aspect of parenting and pregnancy online– unfortunately, most of it tends to be under-whelmingly NOT fun and all the people in the photographs look so happy and put together with their children and their pregnant bellies that we're more than a little intimidated. Really, if everyone were so good at parenting than why get online in the first place?
      Our core philosophy is derived from the fact that pregnancy and parenting is not some hazy land of sleeping infants and blossoming sunflowers nor is it a clinical diagnosis of problem X to be solved by solution Y with no imagination or emotions.

      Actually, as far as we can tell, pregnancy and parenting is some of the hardest work on the planet... the most rewarding hard work yes, but also the most chaotic, frustrating, and sometimes downright crazy work that there is. If we can share that craziness honestly instead of pretending there's always a single answer or that buying product Z will make it magically better, just maybe we'll find better more viable solutions to the challenges we face as parents of the future generation.

      At a glance: We continue to evolve our plans of how to best make pregnancy and parenting a bit more fun and managable online. Thus far we've got the following resources for your use and enjoyment:

      Our Online Community: whether you're 16 and pregnant or 35 and have three kids, these are the people that make Baby-Gaga what it is. Nothing is too sacred for our forum as long as you discuss it with respect and kindness.

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      March 5, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Baby Gaga Fan

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1hNu0R1v7U

      Video of Baby Gaga Music Video

      March 5, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
    • g328

      In tagalog, the word "gaga" means a stupid woman (the feminine of "gago" or stupid man). What an appropriate name for someone like Lady Gaga.

      March 5, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • g328

      In tagalog, "gaga" means a stupid woman (feminine of "gago" or stupid man). What an appropriate name for Lady Gaga.

      March 5, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Law

      Nick, actually you are wrong. It is not a race to the trademark office. In the USA the owner of a trademark is the first person to use the mark in commerce.

      March 5, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. yom

    LOL. This made me have the biggest laugh ever xD~!!!!!!
    CNN made my day.

    March 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wow

    I think the real story is the milk not the name!

    March 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pete

    I guess they turned down Lady Gaga's milk. lol

    March 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ladykaka

      Yeah, lady garbage says her gripe is that the breast milk ice cream is "provocative" and "nausea inducing." Kind of like the "lady" herself, so she may have a case.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enoch100

      Men like Gaga don't give milk.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JackoB

    Babies have been saying gaga since before she was born... Get over it?

    March 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • KING Kardashian

      @JackoB

      That is so funny and true at the same time

      March 4, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dante

      Give me a break, this is obvious trademark infringement. Do babies dress up in outlandish outfits all the time too?

      March 5, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Read.

      Did you read the article?
      "News of the flavor's sale in a London sweets shop by a waitress dressed like Lady Gaga..."

      It's not about the word Gaga. It's about intellectual property. You may think Lady Gaga is dumb, and you may be correct, but her lawyers are not.

      March 5, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. erin

    Usually I think these suits by famous people against small businesses for "co-opting" their name are ridiculous, but this time I'm on Gaga's side. Breast milk is for babies. There are a lot of infants who can't get breast milk, and suffer nutritionally from it. And yet these weirdos in an ice cream shop can purchase it for a pretty price. Gross.

    March 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm

      So, if you think humans using human breast milk is gross, do you think that using cow "breast" (well, utter) milk is as well? And if it is a small business, then I highly doubt that the provider's children in this situation are missing out on breast milk, chances are she's donating extra.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • erin

      I don't think human breast milk is gross. I think the adults who would purchase this ice cream are gross. That "excess" breast milk should have donated to infants in need.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get over yourself Erin

      The women supplying the milk are none of your business. What they choose to do with THEIR milk is THEIR business.

      The people buying the ice cream are none of your business. What they choose to spend THEIR money on is THEIR business.

      If you're so concerned about those poor widdle babies, get out from behind your keyboard and start playing cow.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • LEB

      The consumption of human breast milk by the public is a major health concern because of diseases that can be passed on. Cow milk goes through pasteurization processes to be made safe for human consumption, and dairy cows live in highly controlled environments and are given antibiotics in an attempt to prevent disease. There's no way that you can control a human being the way that you control a cow. Human breast milk should not be sold for ANYTHING except medical use. Doing so is a public health disaster waiting to happen.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheRiverStyx

      @LEB You said that it can carry diseases, but then said it should only be used medically? Do you even realize you're contradicting yourself?

      March 4, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Erin–You are right, of course. Human breast milk isn't meant for adult consumption. Its a disgusting marketing ploy by the British ice cream vendor that did this. Ignore the frightening and angry responses that you received from the people that responded to your posting tonight. Its Friday night–If people are ranting on this site, and at this hour, its because they are stay-at-home losers with no social lives and no futures. My excuse? I have a cold, and so I unloaded all of my weekend client work on others today. At least I won't be on this site next Friday.

      March 5, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Cason

      Kelly- We aren't supposed to consume cows milk either. In fact, many can't.

      March 5, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. ballsacteabagger

    Lady gaga: I'm not THAT much of a freak. The case has merit. its not Gaga baby, its baby gaga. if it were gaga baby it would be ok.

    March 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Captain_Colossal

    Lady Gaga needs to get over it

    GOOGOO GAGA has been a cultural term for random baby talk for frigging ever . she has no case

    March 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Did you miss the part where they said the waitress was dressed like her?

      March 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Masked Commentor

      And you went to law school where?

      March 5, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. alexash

    brrreeasssttmilllkkkkkk....come out and plllaaayyyyyy

    March 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bitnar

      (shudder)

      March 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Casey

    Queen didn't sue Lady GaGa when she named herself after their song Radio GaGa...

    March 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • pazke

      Oooo....I like it. I'm getting Brian May on the horn right now!

      March 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DP

    Is LADY GAGA not aware that there's a product called "baby gaga" that's a newsletter for parenting?

    That's where the name comes from, it has NOTHING to do with her.

    Of course – a madonna-like performer STARVED for attention would think EVERYTHING has to do with her.

    This is her first step in a slippery slope to obscurity, like Lindsay, Britney, and Metallica (post-suing Napster).

    GaGa goes ByeBye!

    March 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caliber

      Highly doubt it. Lindsay & Britney?? Really? Come on, how can you compare Gaga to those girls?? You have to admit that Gaga is exceedingly more talented in many ways.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • brt

      none of them are talented, their production team that writes all their music, lyrics, and choreography is. And all of them try to write a song only to have it bomb because they aren't any good. Need proof? She only has one song she's done and it's her new single...it sound like crap and is way too close to sounding like Madonna's Express Yourself; anyone who writes music knows that every musician accidentally copies their favorite music all the time without actually realizing it.

      If she doesn't get over herself and admit that she's not a good musician and she's made stupid decisions with bad ideas, then yes, she's done. People will get tired of the gimmick very quickly.

      March 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucky13

      I would agree with you if the icecream didn't also have a picture resembling her on it. It's and obvious Lady Gaga reference. Also Metallica is far from obscurity, they still sell out Arenas faster than any "current" bands.

      March 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucky13

      brt do you realize that Lady Gaga IS a songwriter? She wrote songs for other artists (Brittney, Fergie, PKD) before she became famous herself. She has not only written one of her own songs...

      March 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • KING Kardashian

      @DP

      Hey doub....Pen....is your user name stands for what i think the 2 letters stand for

      March 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luce

      Did you miss the part of the article where it said the waitresses at the ice cream shop were dressed like lady gaga, and a character resembling her was on the advertisements? Plus your little piece about Gaga being talentless is absurd...she has written all of her own songs, directed her music videos, and is a highly trained classical pianist. I smell jealousyyyyy.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cason

      BRT, Gaga writes her music, choreographs all her dances, AND plans the fashion.

      March 5, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tyler

    Instead of risking a suit, why not just change it to "Baby Goo Goo"? It says pretty much the same thing and would prove they're not trying to milk the whole gaga craze (if you'll pardon the awful pun).

    March 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain_Colossal

      dont lie you know you feel clever. except you blew it in the eyes of everyone who actually caught it by pointing said pun out.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      What can I say? I'm a clever guy.

      No, but I honestly didn't notice the pun until I had finished typing the sentence. I love it when things like that happen.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Seattle wa

      Baby goo goo makes me think of baby poo poo.

      March 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT

      Baby moo moo is much better. Makes sense.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill constantine

    Breast milk, next thing will be urine ice..who knows...One has to be nuts to take any ice cream breast milk...It might be contaminated....people have survived on many things..chorizos, fart pies, drinking their own urine in the Andies...I do not know about San Francisco Italian Salamies...to each his own...What ever is ediable...this guy on TV eats anything....

    March 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm

      So, I guess you never eat ice cream made out of cow "breast" (well, utter) milk. Honestly, I think it's insane that people think humans, drinking human milk is gross, but that it's not gross to drink cow milk.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      It's one of those things that shouldn't be gross, but is. It's like you had a burger made out of horse, but didn't know it was made of horse, and you liked it. Horse is just meat, like beef or pork, but I wouldn't eat it. Its psychological.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • ric

      Some people like myself actually do not drink cows milks , We don't need it as adults ..Leafy greens provide more calcium with none of the fat. The though of this is just gross..

      March 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • General Specific

      @Hmmm
      Well, we can eat steaks and other beef products, well then we should be able to eat human flesh. Makes sense right? Drink cow milk, then go for human milk. Eat cow flesh, eat human flesh. Gnarly.

      March 5, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Offtopic

    Thats disgusting. But funny as hell.

    March 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. elidude

    If it's got any connotation of connection to "Lady" Gaga Googoo... don't worry, DUDE, it won't sell!

    March 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
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