Eminem is fighting to stop two reality stars trademarking their ‘Reasonably Shady’ podcast name.
The 50-year-old rapper, aka Slim Shady, has filed an “opposition” against Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon bid to own the title and believes it will damage his brand if their application is approved.
Documents obtained by Page Six that were filed on 14 February and revealed on Monday (21.02.23) show Eminem – born Marshall Mathers – said ‘Reasonably Shady’ could “cause confusion in the minds of consumers” as they have known him as Slim Shady and Shady since the late 1990s.
He has exclusively used both stage names for entertainment services since 1998 and owns the trademark for ‘Shady’ to use on his merchandise.
‘The Real Housewives of Potomac’ regulars Gizelle, 52, and 43-year-old Robyn – whose podcast has tackled romance, parenthood, fashion and news – had filed to trademark their podcast’s name with the intention of also selling merch from water bottles and lip gloss to clothes and socks.
They last week celebrated the show getting five million downloads in less than two years, with Robyn posting on Instagram on 15 February about the landmark: “SOOO EXCITED! Less than two years and our little @reasonablyshady podcast has over 5 MILLION downloads.
“Thank you so much for listening! Thank you for the love and support! We totally appreciate being apart of the @blackeffect family. Thank you @iheartradio.”
Even though the reality stars have not yet officially responded to Eminem’s opposition they must respond to the rapper’s request by 26 March.
He is currently working on a TV series with fellow rapper 50 Cent, 47, based on his 2002 semi-autobiographical film ‘8 Mile’.
50 Cent – real name Curtis Jackson – told Big Boy TV about the project:
“I wanna bring, I’m gonna bring, ‘8 Mile’ to television. It’s gonna be big. I’m working. I ain’t got no duds. I’m batting 100.
“I think it should be there for (Eminem’s) legacy because it’s important to me that they understand it.”