Screenwriter Suing Anti-Obama Super PAC
By Bill Dixon
LOS ANGELES (DG) - An anti-Obama super PAC is planning an ad campaign focused on highlighting president Obama’s connection to controversial pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, as well as depicting the president as a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.”
Liberal activists and anti-super PAC groups are outraged, but they are not alone.
"Honestly, I wrote this thing like ten years ago," says Hollywood screenwriter Roger Simms, "and if they want to use my intellectual property, they have to pay for it."
Roger Simms, best known for his work directing Jackson Middle School’s adaptation of The Glass Menagerie in Muncie, Indiana, has claimed he wrote a screenplay based around a super hero who is a metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln “type.”
"I don’t follow politics. I follow pop culture. When I was working on The Glass Menagerie with The Jackson School Players, I was witness to a snapshot into the youth culture. What do they like? Rappers, historical icons, and gender ambiguity…and string cheese. So I wrote a screenplay about a metrosexual black man who looks like Abe Lincoln and eats string cheese.
By day, our mild-mannered superhero wears horn-rimmed glasses and works at Abercrombie and Fitch. During his lunch break, he is daintily peeling his string cheese. At night, he’s wielding an axe, fighting crime, and — get this — biting right into the string cheese. You see, his superhero persona doesn’t peel! Brilliant, right?”
Simms says he moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to pursue a career as a screenwriter. He is currently unemployed, taking intermittent work as a laborer for a moving company. Mr. Simms is currently seeking legal representation and says he plans to file suit against the anti-Obama super PAC.
"I’m not looking for a free handout. I’m just looking for my fair share. As a republican super PAC, they — of anyone — should be able to understand that."