YouTube’s Flying Rabbi Sues Jimmy Kimmel
Rabbi Dovid Sandek is suing late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel for using video from YouTube without his permission.
It may have been a joke to Jimmy Kimmel and his staff, but Dovid Sandek more commonly known as the “Flying Rabbi” didn’t find it funny. In fact he was so angry with Kimmel that he is suing the late night star. The drama I am talking about stems from a video that Jimmy Kimmel and his staff put together for his late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live. The video shows Jimmy Kimmel getting advice from an orthodox Jew who is speaking Yiddish at a frantic pace. That Jew is Sandek.
The idea was that they were spoofing LeBron James who often goes to Rabbi Yishayahu Yosef Pinto for advice and guidance. Pinto is a sort of Rabbi to the stars. So Jimmy Kimmel, in his skit, seeks out his advice only he gets Rabbi Dovid Sandek who is very animated and often a little eccentric. Kimmel goes to him and the advice he gets doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The idea is that it makes fun of Jimmy and points out that while he has his own show he really isn’t a star.
However, Sandek says he thought he was just goofing around with Jimmy Kimmel and that he never knew the video would be broadcast to Jimmy’s audience of more than 1.5 million viewers. He says that the video has caused him difficulty and pain because people now think he is “a joke, a comedian.” Sandek has a following on YouTube and Facebook where he teaches life lessons, makes commercials for musicians and businesses and generally talks about life on the streets of Brooklyn. He often sings his message.
The suit is seeking unspecified damages and accuses Jimmy Kimmel of appropriation of likeness and violating YouTube’s service terms. There is no explanation why he has waiting this long to file his suit. The original video ran back in August of this year and only now has Rabbi Dovid Sandek decided to sue.
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