Unless you have a cool one-name persona like Madonna, Prince or Lady Gaga, we’re pretty sure owning exclusive rights to your name is a far fetched idea. Heck, even Prince shares his name with plenty of baby boys around the world.
But sharesies isn’t a game Kylie Jenner wants to play when it comes to her first name, and she’s currently going through the process to try and trademark it. Well that isn’t sitting well with a few people (um, the name was popular enough to make one of those Coke bottles, guys), and one person named Kylie in particular: Kylie Minogue.
The Australian singer (you know, the woman with 65 million in album sales to her name and owner of the url Kylie.com) filed her opposition to Jenner’s application via her law firm KDB. And things get a little heated.
Although Minogue herself didn’t pen the letter, the sentiments on her behalf were what we would have to call a burn. As in, the documents against Jenner’s proposal claim the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is a “secondary reality television personality” and that having her trademark her name would cause confusion for Minogue fans. It would also dilute Minogue’s brand.
Hello….. My name is KYLIE #lightyears
— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) February 28, 2016
Minogue is no stranger to the trademark game herself, having already trademarked the names “Kylie Minogue,” “Kylie Minigue Darling” (for her perfume line) and “Lucky — the Kylie Minogue musical.”
On top of the reality TV comment, KDB also accuses Jenner of receiving criticism from disability rights groups and African-American communities for her various public forays, pretty much capping the singer’s feelings on the 18-year-old.
For her part, Jenner has remained pretty quiet on the whole thing, preferring to stick to positive messages and branding on her Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts. Given that Jenner has about 12 million more followers than Minogue on Twitter and 51 more million Instagram followers, we’re guessing she might not need to respond at all.