In case you haven’t already heard, Caucasoid Afro-poppers/ backlash magnets Vampire Weekend were slapped with a $2 million lawsuit last week by Kirsten Kennis, who claims that the super-preppy 1983 snapshot of her used as the band’s most recent album cover was used without her permission, and that the her signature on the photo release form is a—gasp!—forgery.
While the band cannot comment on the specifics of ongoing case, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig had this to say in an interview with NME:
“I think I can speak for all of us and say this is the first time any of us have ever been sued, so we’re still learning how it works… There’s so many things we could say about it but given we have no experience of it we’re just keeping conversations to a journal for now, which is a little frustrating… There’s nothing we can say about it. We’re not trying to be mysterious. I imagine in the next few months there’ll be plenty to talk about. Given it’s our first time we just want to do it properly.”
While hipsters all over the world are rejoicing at this blow to the indie band they love to hate (while secretly listening to the new record when their roommates fall asleep with the Dirty Projectors on), it’s doubtful that an allegedly forged photo release is going to topple the VW behemoth; that said, I’m currently scouring the Facebook pages and websites of every band I personally know for pictures that feature me in the background. Ch-ching.
What do you think of the lawsuit against Vampire Weekend?