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LeBron James Has Filed A Patent Request To Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’ And Everyone Is Like, Que?

LeBron James is always making the new for something and now it is because he wants to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday.” Now, he isn’t trademarking the phrase for anything food-related. James just wants to make sure no one can use the phrase when it comes to any kind of online services, podcasting, etc. So, if you’ve ever had a “Taco Tuesday” idea for something on social media, those days are numbered. The story is reminding some of when Snow Tha Product trademarked the phrse “Stay Woke” for tour merchandise.

LeBron James has been pushing out videos on social media celebrating his obsession with “Taco Tuesday.”

If you follow him on Instagram, you have likely seen his videos. The on above shows him screaming “Taco Tuesday” several times. To really let you know that he loves “Taco Tuesday” is when he gives us his version of a Mexican grito. It’s a subpar grito, but it does sound like an attempt at a grito.

James filed his trademark request seeking to own the phrase “Taco Tuesday” for “downloadable audio/visual works,” “podcasting services,” “online entertainment services,” and “advertising and marketing services provided by means of indirect methods of marketing communications, namely, social media, search engine marketing, inquiry marketing, internet marketing, mobile marketing, blogging and other forms of passive, sharable or viral communications channels.”

Some people are placing the blame on the people who let James believe his use of “Taco Tuesday” was somehow unique.

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“Taco Tuesday” is a phrase that has existed for decades. So many people have posted or created things for the internet that use the phrase “Taco Tuesday.” Latinos and taco enthusiasts combined are bewildered that the Los Angeles transplant thinks he can somehow trademark the phrase.

There is consistent and burning pushback against James’s wish to trademark the phrase.

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Like, we get it. Ohio’s food isn’t that exciting. However, it isn’t cool to take food from an entire culture and trademark a phrase popularized by society at large. People understand the excitement over great tacos, but why take it to this extreme?

People are calling him out for going after Mexican culture.

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According to ESPN, James and his team have no plans for the phrase but they want to keep their business options open. However, is it a good business plan to be so controversial?

The phrase “Taco Tuesday” was around before James even played on an official NBA team.

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Who else remembers the little señoras at your school calling it “Taco Tuesday”? It was low key the most exciting time for us in school. Tacos for lunch were the best and them landing on Tuesday was a holiday in the cafeteria.

There are some folks out there who are disappointed that the phrase is now ruined.

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It is kind of hard to celebrate something that is being co-opted for a profit, especially when the profit is outside of the community. However, to be fair, there is already an active trademark for “Taco Tuesday” and it is from a company based in Wyoming. Taco John’s legally trademarked the phrase in 1989 and will send cease and desist letters when anyone uses it to promote their own Taco Tuesday events. However, what if we just called it Tuesday Tacos and took the power back from these people?

Some people on social media are defending LeBron James and his decision to trademark the phrase.

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Sure. James isn’t trademarking the phrase for food purposes…because that trademark already exists. There is still the issue that trademarking the phrase the way they wish would severely impact Latino content creators. If you cannot use it digitally for entertainment, education, telecommunication services, advertising, etc, then you are taking it away from the community that relates to it on a personal and nostalgic level.

Until the decision is made, here is what a lot of people think about James trademarking “Taco Tuesday.”

Tbh, his yelling the phrase is something nobody can forget. It gets embedded in your brain after hearing it one time.

This one tweet sums up the overarching sentiment to the news of James’s trademark attempt.

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LOL

READ: Taco Tuesday Is Legally Trademarked But This Is Why That Doesn’t Really Mean Anything

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Photos From LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam’ Reboot Have Come Out, and Everyone Is Talking About Lola Bunny’s New Look

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Photos From LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam’ Reboot Have Come Out, and Everyone Is Talking About Lola Bunny’s New Look

The time has finally come! New photos for LeBron James’ “Space Jam” reboot, “Space Jam: A New Legacy”, have come out. And fans are hyped.

King James himself shared the promo pictures to his Twitter account with the rousing caption: “Y’ALL NOT READY FOR THIS SQUAD!!!!” Within minutes, #SpaceJam was trending.

That’s right. There is a vocal cohort of online fans who view the originally Lola Bunny…very fondly, shall we say. But the reboot’s promo photos disappointed some people when they saw that the new Lola Bunny has been redesigned to be less overtly sexual.

According to the new film’s director, Malcolm D. Lee, he was surprised at Lola Bunny’s original rendering when he re-watched the movie in 2019. “This is 2021,” said Lee. “It’s important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters.”

Needless to say, the culture is now more aware of the negative consequences of over-sexualizing female characters. The new Lola Bunny is less curvaceous, her clothing less revealing.

Of course, in light of Lola Bunny’s update, people jumped at the chance to share memes about how…exciting Lola Bunny was in the original 1996 movie.

Like one Twitter user who wrote: “With Space Jam 2 coming out, can we all just collectively agree that Lola Bunny collectively awakened something in all of us as kids?”

But despite Lola Bunny’s being redesigned, many fans of the original “Space Jam” are excited for the reboot, which will hit theaters this summer.

In an interview with “Entertainment Weekly”, LeBron James admitted that he was initially nervous to take over a franchise that belonged to his idol, Michael Jordan.

In the interview, James revealed that Warner Bros. had approached him for the role about 15 years ago, but he turned it down. “I didn’t think I was ready to do anything of that magnitude,” he says. “I wanted to continue to focus on my game and give it as much as I could.”

But now, James has come into his own and is more comfortable with who he is as a basketball icon. “In my younger days, part of my thinking was ‘Space Jam was so good, how can I top this?’ ” he said. “There’s always going to be conversations about LeBron trying to do everything Michael [did]. But I’ve gotten older, and you know who you are. You know what you stand for.”

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TV Special “Graduate Together” Gave The Class Of 2020 A Special Send-Off

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TV Special “Graduate Together” Gave The Class Of 2020 A Special Send-Off

Events across the world have been canceled because of Covid-19. This includes concerts, music festivals, Pride parades, and major sporting events. Yet, for high school seniors, their high school will end without the same traditions that many have enjoyed like prom and graduation.

LeBron James celebrated the graduating class of 2020 on a special night on television.

“You should’ve had a real graduation, I know. You should’ve had an incredible senior year, I know that as well. But you made a sacrifice, and you did it to keep your community safe and healthy,” James said during the broadcast.

James continued: “Our school are our safety net. Our people build our communities. To the class of 2020, as you celebrate tonight, do not forget your safety net. Every teacher, every coach, every pastor, they along with your friends and family got you to this moment. And now, it’s time to go to a new place.”

The special was filled with celebrities and public figures offering students words of encouragement as they close this chapter of their lives.

“Congratulations to everyone graduating,” Bad Bunny told the class of 2020 in Spanish. “I know that we are going through a very difficult and strong time for use, but we have to stay strong and don’t forget to be thankful and smile, even though I know that sometimes we don’t even want to smile. We have to look for a way to do it and stay positive.”

The musician added: “Work hard on everything that you set out to do, on all your goals, but remember that it doesn’t matter what we achieve. The most important thing is to respect each other. It’s respect and the values that we put into practice day to day that say who you are. They are what define us as people. Success is not measured in money. Success, to me, is the experiences and memories that we carry in our hearts forever.”

Zendaya gave the students, and teachers, a special message for the commencement ceremony.

The actress gave a special shoutout at the beginning of her speech to teachers. Zendaya noted that her mother is a teacher so she has first-hand knowledge of how hard teachers are working during this time. Hosting classes via Zoom with children is not the easiest way to teach in the world.

Zendaya then turned her talk to the graduating seniors. While the viral outbreak has interrupted the lives of billions of people, graduation is not the only defining moment of being a high school senior. Instead, Zendaya tries to remind the graduating class of 2020 that it is a series of life events that define your senior year. There is so much that people go through from the time they start school to the time they finish that truly define them and their experience. One moment, while memorable, is not the only thing that makes senior year the experience it is.

The class of 2020 was treated to a special shoutout from President Barack Obama.

Pres. Obama started by giving the students the same tired and true line. He highlighted how the adults that are making decisions are not all-knowing and are in fact learning as they go. This is something that we have all heard when we were younger but, for some reason, coming from Pres. Obama, it sounds empowering and calming. It really reminded people of what a president should sound like when addressing the American public.

Pres. Obama did call on the students to act differently then they had seen from some people in power. Specifically, Pres. Obama wanted to let students know that there was a right and a wrong way to respond to major events.

“Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy — that’s how little kids think,” Pres. Obama told the seniors. He added. “Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way — which is why things are so screwed up.”

The special ended with a performance from the Jonas Brothers and Karol G.

“Taping our performance was amazing to me,” Karol G told Billboard about her performance. “I enjoyed it as if it were my own graduation. To have the opportunity to reach so many people, give them a good time despite all we’re going through, to celebrate with them this special date … It meant a lot to me.”

READ: Here’s To The Latina Graduates of 2020!

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