The Lego Movie is so overwhelmingly loved that seeing anything negative about it is surprising at this point, but today one comedian changed things. Jerry Seinfeld accused The Lego Movie of stealing one of his jokes. On Twitter earlier today Seinfeld wrote, "I think Lego Movie stole my Superman has issues with Green Lantern bit from Amex Seinfeld and Superman webisode. Anyone else catch that?" Seinfeld is referring to the two four-minute webisodes that were produced by American Express in 2004 showing a friendship between Seinfeld and an animated Superman. Previous to this, Seinfeld and Superman appeared in a commercial for American Express that aired in 1998.
Seinfeld doesn't sound like he's actually that upset at The Lego Movie's writers or if he is, his passive aggressive tactic is a little too subtle. Seinfeld went on to say, "Also loved Lego Movie. A story would have been a nice added touch, though.." Hmm... that sounds pretty harsh, but then he added, "I'm glad they did. It was a fun bit.. #legomymaterial" See, he's not that mad. Is it safe to say that using a punny hashtag means everything is fine?
Seinfeld stopped talking about The Lego Movie after that, but Ricky Gervais popped in to sympathize saying, "I know how you feel. Schindler's List stole a lot of my early stuff." They went back and forth with a couple non-Lego jokes and that was that.
This is the proper was to complain on Twitter! You get your opinion out there, you compliment after criticizing, and you don't reach Kanye West levels of ranting. Well done, Seinfeld.
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