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Pure Evel

August 19, 2011

While perusing Awesomepeoplehangingouttogether I came across this gem:


Why on earth were Evel Knievel and Kanye West hanging out together? Well, according to the Associated Press:

The 69-year-old iconic motorcycle daredevil said he and West met at his Clearwater condo recently. They settled a federal lawsuit over the use of Knievel’s trademarked image in a popular West music video.

Knievel sued West and his record company last year. He took issue with a 2006 music video for the song Touch the Sky, in which the rapper takes on the persona of “Evel Kanyevel” and tries to jump a rocket-powered motorcycle over a canyon.

Knievel failed in his attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho in 1974.

In the lawsuit, Knievel claimed the “vulgar and offensive” images depicted in the video damaged his reputation. And he accused the 29-year-old rapper of using the Knievel image to “promote his filth to the world.”

Here’s the filth:

And here’s the Evel:

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2011 10:36 am

    If John Adams were alive today, he would look better, at 276, than Evel looks at one-quarter that age. Remind me never to try and jump the Snake River on a tricycle.

  2. August 19, 2011 11:54 am

    I thought Evel Knievel had died years ago while falling off his motorcycle trying to catch a baseball.

    • Fat Al permalink*
      August 19, 2011 11:57 am

      He is dead, but from some lame-ass disease, nothing fun like jumping sharks and stuff.

      I’m pretty sure he was alive at the time that picture was taken, though. Although, as Fred points out, perhaps not.

  3. August 19, 2011 4:48 pm

    It’s really hard to remember how popular he was in the 70s.

    • August 19, 2011 8:18 pm

      It’s really hard for me just to remember the ’70’s. I remember taking a hit of sunshine blotter acid in 1973 and the next thing I knew it was 1981 and I was working a full time job. I realized then that memories are smoke rings and reality is a cruel and harsh slap in the kisser. A bitter lesson I’ve never forgotten.

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