YouTuber Mars Argo is suing her ex-boyfriend and business partner Titanic Sinclair for emotional abuse and copyright infringement. She alleges that after their breakup, Titanic Sinclair intentionally modeled YouTuber ThatPoppy after her, stealing her “identity, likeness, expression of ideas, sound, style, and aesthetic.”
Mars Argo, whose real name is Brittany Sheets, says Sinclair, real name Corey Mixter, was responsible for her “severe emotional and psychological abuse.” According to the court documents, Sheets ended her relationship with Mixter in 2014 due to his infidelity, but he refused to keep their partnership professional, harassing and stalking her, and even breaking into her apartment and physically assaulting her.
Eventually, Sheets says she ended the partnership, took an extended break from social media, and left LA to get away from the situation.
Here’s where it gets even trickier, however, because Argo is not only alleging physical and psychological abuse, she’s also claiming that Titanic Sinclair is infringing on the copyright of the persona and character she created.
At around this same time, late 2014/early 2015, the lawsuit alleges that Mixter began grooming Moriah Rose Pereira, aka ThatPoppy, to look, sound and perform like Mars Argo, and the lawsuit points out several similarities between the two.
In addition to adopting Sheets’ blonde hair, she also wore similar clothing and even posted some strikingly similar content. Mixter and Poppy posted a video called “Delete Your Facebook” three years after Mars Argo posted a comparable video with the same title.
The entire ordeal bares some odd similarities itself to the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo, where James Stewart’s character makes Kim Novak dye her hair blonde and dress in specific clothes to resemble his dead lover.
What’s different in this case, however, is that it’s unclear how involved Titanic was in the creation of the Mars Argo persona in the first place. Is Poppy simply an extension of his previous work or is he lifting ideas that Sheets created?
The lawsuit seeks financial damages and a restraining order against Mixter.
TMZ has the whole lawsuit on its site and you can read about it here.
Mars Argo posted a long statement to her Twitter, with the comment —
Predictably, fans and followers of each artist are commenting online and trying to piece together this whole story. People aren’t sure if they should blame Poppy, but one thing seems clear — Titanic Sinclair isn’t winning any new fans.
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