MP says I thought I was more of a Dick as dastardly Beano tells him to stop impersonating softy Walter
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has been threatened by the Beano for impersonating one of its posh cartoon characters!
Britain’s iconic comic wrote to the Old Etonian accusing him of impersonating Dennis the Menace’s enemy Walter the Softy.
The letter reportedly said: “It has been brought to our attention that you have been infringing the intellectual property rights of our of our cartoon characters and masquerading as Walter Brown.” it says.
“It is evident that there are numerous instances whereby you have adopted trademarked imagery and brand essences of the character to the benefit of enhancing your career and popularity.
“This constitutes a clear infringement of our copyright.”
Mr Rees-Mogg said: “Compared to me Walter the Softy is a Rambo like figure whom I would not be bold enough to emulate.”
The Beano goes on to list seven ways in which the North East Somerset MP has ‘copied’ the toff character.
They include his hair parting, round reading glasses and vintage apparel and what it describes as his bullish behaviour!
The’ comic released the letter as a publicity stunt as it celebrates its 80th anniversary.
It said: “A swift response on this matter would be greatly appreciated to avoid getting Teacher involved.”
Walter, who made his first appearance in 1953 as Dennis’ neighbour, was originally called Walter ‘The Softy’ but the nickname was dropped as it was thought to be a bit offensive.
Mr Rees-Mogg has six children with Helena, his wife. Walter made his first appearance in 1953 as Dennis’ neighbour, was originally called Walter ‘The Softy’ but the nickname – and effeminate personality – was dropped with changing British culture.
Mr Rees-Mogg is reported as joking: “I thought you might say I was more Dick Dastardly.”