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. Rachire Andel

    Oh she has a case, and if the owner of the Icecreamery continues to sell this crap Gaga's gonna have a payday, Not that she needs anymore money.

    March 6, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zack

    Despite all the naysayers, she might actually have a case. Federal Espresso was successfully sued by FedEx (formerly Federal Express) for usurping their name. A restaurant named "Garfield's" was successfully sued by Jim Davis for having a cat on their sign. The case will not have to rest on whether or not Lady Gaga has an exclusive claim on the word "Gaga," which she obviously does not. A claim of unjust enrichment may go far enough. There's more to the law than copyrights and trademarks, after all, and the waitresses' dress code suggests that the restaurant is trying to capitalize on the association.

    March 6, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sherrie

    Oh Please...seriously..!! Lady Gaga sucks as is..this ice cream might actually help her image..soften her up:)

    She is pathetic..when i think of babies i think of " googoo ga ga..and if you research it..its to do with babies..

    lady Gaga shouldn't be usign the word lady but you don't seen the queen or anyone else sueing her over using that reference..cause she really isn't a lady..this makes her look cheesy and pathetic..seriously..

    She is the queen of pathetic..

    March 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LaughingAtter

    "Baby Gaga" and "Lady Gaga" are two different things. Plus, satire is not suable. All the makers of the ice cream have to say is that they are making fun of her, and her case will get thrown out. Besides, she sucks anyway...

    March 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. violet

    The breast milk was pasteurized and donors were screened. Its the same process breast milk donors go through to donate breast milk to premature babies in the NICU. Not my cup of tea, but honestly its less gross than drinking the body fluids out of a cow udder (one that could be heavy and dragging around in e-coli infested cow s**** in a feed lot all day, good thing its pasteurized to kill the bacteria)

    March 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steven Paulissen

    Human Breast milk caries the HIV AIDS virus. All breast milk must be tested if it is to be consumed.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Melinda

    So Lady Gaga thinks it's ok to copy Madonna's song, but she's going to sue Baby Gaga?

    March 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Lord of Cheese

    1) "gaga" has been a term for countless generations to describe sounds human babies make.
    2) Lady GaGa has made claims that her name is based off a song by British rick superstars Queen: Radio GaGa
    QED She has no case

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. The Lord of Cheese

    Oh and
    3) Lady GaGa's style of dress is a rip-off of many funk, new wave and pop bands of the late-70s to mid-80s, most notably Grace Jones.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Marie

    Will she sue all the newborns babies of the world, and Queen? I wonder. Lady Gaga is clearly delusional. In fact, Queen, Madonna, David Bowie, newborns and God knows who else should SUE HER. She is a copycat and an opportunist. Period.

    March 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Julie

    Just because it's "deliberately provocative and nausea inducing" doesn't mean she owns it! She's the most narcissistic celebrity ever!

    March 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kate

    If she wins this case then Queen should sue her for stealing her name from their song "Radio Gaga"...what a freakin fruitcake.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. dennis

    How about changing the name to "Baby Mama" which is more consistent with the product being sold.

    March 30, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. stoop trebor

    i am a gaga fan i do not really think that lady gaga shouldnt sue but there should be a lawsuite filled against the breastcream makers as this is very unsanitary who the hell would buy that breastcream so sick.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kellie

    I dont disagree with Gaga. She dosnt want people thinking she endorces this or approves of it. If i walked in their shop and saw a product called baby gaga with someone dressed like her, yes i would think she endorces it or knows about it. Its pathetic how the guy just dosnt respect her opinion and take the name off. People are so rude and gnorant. Gaga is just standing up for herself, is that so wrong for a celebrity to do?

    April 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
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