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.

soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Tim

    It's annoying when some fool makes up some ridiculous stage name and then tries to claim they own a copyright. "Gaga" is a term used when talking about babies for decades, if centuries. It has a similar ring to the name, but unless you're a complete idiot, you'll realize she's not associated with or endorsing the product. By the way, be careful talking about bees and honey when in the same room as Sting!

    March 5, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Her name is from a Queen song Radio Gaga, she's a rip off.

      March 5, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • NM

      SO well said Tim!!!!

      March 5, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ed

    Since he name was stolen from the Queen song "Radio Gaga" I don't see how she has the nerve to be mad at anyone, did she ask Queen and pay them for the name?

    March 5, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. NM

    WHO says they are using her name? Just because its "Baby Gaga" does NOT mean they are using her name. What an ego this woman has! GET OVER YOURSELF!!!!

    March 5, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. NM

    If she follows through with this suit, I HOPE she loses it BIG TIME!!! The woman is an idiot!

    March 5, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. ladykaka

    What does Lady Gaga have anything to do with breast milk or anything feminine for that matter.?!

    March 5, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Amunaka

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

    Wow ..he calls the allegations.."preposterous and outrageous"... and he's the one who came up with making breast milk into ice cream ..hello

    March 5, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. casino man

    shady goo goo= idiot

    March 5, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. iteration2

    I'm amazed at how many of you think this is just a matter of intellectual property. It's not. Her aping Madonna or David Bowie is irrelevant, as are her lack of ownership of the word Gaga.

    What's at contention here is the deliberate use of someone else's branding (name and appearance) in association with a product not endorsed by that person. It'd be like me selling "Palin's Choice" hollowpoint rifle rounds, which makes the implication that she endorses them. Just because I'm not explicitly claiming association, it's still damaging to her "brand" to be associated with a controversial product, and I'm still using that brand to increase sales.

    March 5, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Exactly. Like Lady Gaga or not, the company is clearly using her likeness to sell a product. Maybe she had a case, maybe she doesn't, but I know I wouldn't be pleased if someone used my likeness to sell something that I didn't agree with.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chriss

    Someone let me know when Lady Gaga is laughed out of court. You can't sue someone because they used a PARTIAL bit of your name. and likelihood? Why don't you start with half the weirdos on hollywood blvd. I'm sure there's an idiot dressed up as you walking that block.

    March 5, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Anonymous

    Here's a better article about this situation, [http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/mar/04/lady-gaga-baby-ice-cream] with an excellent quote from the business owner Matt O'Connor:

    ["A global superstar has taken umbrage at what she describes as a 'nausea-inducing' product. This from a woman with a penchant for wearing rotting cows' flesh. At least our customers are still alive when they contribute to our 'art'.

    "She claims we have 'ridden the coattails' of her reputation. As someone who has … recycled on an industrial scale the entire back catalogue of pop culture to create her look, music and videos, she might want to reconsider this allegation.

    "How can she possibly claim ownership of the word 'gaga' which since the dawn of time has been one of the first discernable phrases to come from a baby's mouth?"]

    It is clear that she's quite hypocritical. Recently, I thought that I was judging her too harshly, but now I can say that I truly don't care about Lady Gaga.

    March 5, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. palm

    OK, ladies, you can only work for my new company, Breasts Best, if you have your vet certification. We will be using sanitized vacuum pumps to express your precious liquids.

    March 5, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. 420High

    If the waitresses are being told to dress like her then she has a case BUT if its just one waitress rock'n that style then too bad lady gaga that's what stardom gets you!

    March 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Avser Bastian

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    March 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RUFFNUTT

    HER BODY IS NICE BUT SHE HAS A HORSE SHAPPED HEAD..

    March 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Aaron

    Lady Gaga dresses like a fool, is ugly as hell and has no talent. Aside from providing some good laughs, she is useless.

    March 6, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
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