Before there was John Edward . . . before there was Miss Cleo . . . before there was a pervasive sense of dignity and reason among all humans . . . there was The Psychic Friends Network. Using soap stars and aging singers, most notably Dionne Warwick, to sell their “psychic” consultations for $3.99/minute on the phone.
Apparently, actress Vivica A. Fox recorded a spot for The Psychic Friends Network that never aired, until last week. Now Vivica is pissed, saying that the clip “is using her unauthorized likeness, footage, voice and photographs as an endorsement of their service.” She’s asking that The Psychic Friends Network “cease and desist immediately.”
A few things, here:
1. Good luck getting the INTERNET to cease and desist.
2. Why did she record the bit if she didn’t want to endorse their services?
3. Can you sue a company that went bankrupt in 1998?
4. Is psychicfriendsnetwork.net a different company entirely? It’s hard to tell.
5. Didn’t she ask the Psychic Friends if something like this might happen?
6. Was she being held hostage by someone with a gun off-camera?
I’m totally serious about that last one. Watch the clip below and tell me she’s not acting very, very nervous, looking off to the side as if to say, “Is he still watching? Can I make a break for it? Can I encode a clever call for help that my family might recognize?” Here it is. Judge for yourself.