Michael Che made a nasty name when he did a “homegrrl” sketch on his HBO Max present, as a result of he jacked it from a TikToker’s “HomeGirl Hotline” bit … or so she claims in a brand new lawsuit.
In line with authorized docs, obtained by TMZ … Kelly Manno says she’s a well-liked TikTok creator who got here up with the fictional thought of a service the place “individuals unable to deal with sure social conditions can name a hotline and order a ‘dwelling woman'” to assist ’em out.
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Manno says she created and posted a video of her bit in August 2020, and it racked up a pair hundred thousand views on TikTok … whereas a second one in September 2020 acquired greater than half one million views.
Quick-forward to April 2021 and the discharge of “That Rattling Michael Che” on HBO Max … Manno claims the sixth episode of the comedy sequence included 4 segments a few fictional service the place individuals order a “homegrrl” to indicate up the place they’re and assist them out of uncomfortable conditions.
In line with the go well with … Manno says every section ended with a personality saying a variation of “Thanks, homegrrl” … which she claims infringes on her copyright that features the phrase “Thanks, HomeGirl Hotline!”
Manno alleges that is willful copyright infringement, and he or she needs most damages and an order blocking Che and HBO Max from utilizing it.
We have reached out to Che and HBO Max … no phrase again, to date.