Back in October, we ran a photo shoot with Lil Bub, a famous internet cat, which, OK, that one’s on us, but it was super cute, for real. In the shoot, photographer Stacy Newgent posed Lil Bub against a distinct pink backdrop, being held by an outstretched arm, and taking a gander at one of our issues. (LOL CATS CANT READ).
“Lil Bub is a female ‘perma-kitten,’ or house cat born with several genetic mutations causing dwarfism, polydactylism (22 toes y’all!), and a disformed lower jaw,” she wrote. “She also has no teeth, hence the ever hanging tongue, and more of a wandering waddle than a walk. All these deformities add up to one cute kitty.”
It was a pretty cute idea, and the whole thing—baby pink background and all—was styled by T’ai Rising Moore. The Internet being the Internet, people loved it. Such a good idea, it seems, that it was worth another go-round, although this time it was for Time magazine, who just published a photo shoot with another famous internet cat, Grumpy Cat, yesterday.
“And it’s not hard to see Grumpy Cat’s appeal: her beaming blue eyes, shining coat, diminutive stature and of course, her permanent frown — due to a form of feline dwarfism — has clearly made her stand out among the Web’s most popular felines,” wrote Olivia B. Waxman and Nick Carbone.
SOUNDS FAMILIAR. Maybe it’s just a coincidence though?
Calling out colleagues for blatantly ripping off someone else’s work isn’t something that should be taken lightly, but then again, this is a very serious matter of journalistic integrity. What do you think? Too close to be a coincidence, or are we being Grumpy Cats ourselves?