Thursday, May 17, 2012

Jordanian newspapers fall for spoof news report

From the spoof site the Pan Arabia Enquirer:

AMMAN: British Glamour model and renowned children’s author Katie Price yesterday issued a warning to government officials in Amman over the name ‘Jordan’, claiming that her celebrity profile was now enough to secure its full global trademark. [She was formerly professionally known as sinply "Jordan." - EoZ]

“I can’t believe that them Jordanese folk have been using my name for so long,” the disgusted model told reporters yesterday at the launch of her own range of charcoal, or weapons-grade plutonium or something, before going on to describe the time when she first found out.

“I hadn’t not never heard of it before, then one of my nan’s friends said she going Jordan on holiday and knew she wasn’t not talking about me.”

Katie Price’s solicitors, Bed, Knobs & Broomsticks, are claiming that, with 185 autobiographies and 65 reality TV shows already under her belt, the model has a far greater international connection to the name ‘Jordan’ than the country of Jordan, which has so far only been the setting for Laurence of Arabia and a few rubbisher films.

“We strongly feel that Jordan is using the fame and enormous goodwill of Jordan’s name to attract people to its country,” they said in a statement, adding that they were calling for “damages of $1 billion or an immediate cessation of the name ‘Jordan’ by King Abdullah and his fellow countrymen”
The first few comments on the story, seemingly from Arab readers, assumed that it was true.

And now at least two Jordanian newspapers are running this story as if it is true. The first was Assawsana on Wednesday, followed by Ammon News early Friday, both headlining that Price is suing Jordan for one billion dollars over the use of "her" name.