Is Apple trying to shut down Fake Steve Jobs? Real Steve Jobs has said he finds his impersonator’s satirical blog amusing, but now Fake Steve writes that Apple has offered him $500,000 to quit, at one point threatening to sue him if he declined. FSJ stood on principle and turned down the money … assuming any of this really happened.
The saga reads like a clever riff on the settlement which shut down “Think Secret,” a popular Apple rumor site. FSJ’s supposed lawyer, Tony Clifton, shares a name with an Andy Kaufman character. After FSJ’s high-minded refusal to sell out (“You had Gandhi in your ads. Gandhi dude!”) Clifton comments, “You really screwed the pooch on this one.”