Critic Fights Copycat for Twitter Identity

Lawyers pursue blogger who spoofs restaurant reviewer
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2009 11:46 AM CDT
Critic Fights Copycat for Twitter Identity
A screen capture from Rucinsky's Twitter feed.   (

A restaurant reviewer and her lawyers are after a man who’s been tweeting and blogging under her name, the New York Times reports. Adam Robb Rucinsky has been spoofing New York Daily News critic Danyelle Freeman, aka Restaurant Girl, imitating her distinctive style in posts using both her monikers. Freeman’s lawyers have asked Rucinsky to stop, citing trademark infringement, but he’s not planning to.

Rucinsky describes the undertaking in terms that sound more like performance art than media criticism: "I just thought, what if Restaurant Girl wrote fortune cookies?" And he describes the character that grew out of the question as "a sweet but inept restaurant critic who loves food but has no idea how to express it." So maybe it is media criticism.
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