There is this thing I see at every comic book convention I go too. An orange beanie with two dangling pony tails coming off the ear warmers. “Kinda goofy look’n”, thinks I on a first view. It wasn’t until recently, when I watched Firefly that I finally got it. Chudd had watched the series, and so had all my friends, but no one bothered to tell me the beanie wasn’t just some goofy youth fad, but instead a show of devotion to a great show that had too small a life span. Well, El Moochadores, the owners of Firelfly, Fox, have put a halt on your beanie buying needs.
Via i09; Fox lawyers have shut down sales of the “Jayne” hat by sending out cease and desist letters to online nerd retailers like Think Geek and hat making Etsy contributors alike. According to Whedonesque.com;
Fox has been sending out cease-and-desist letters or just outright demanding Etsy ban any non-sanctioned Jayne hats. This is after almost a decade of not giving a crap about any of this.
Recently, Ripple Junction has licensed the fan apparel and obtained the rights to mass-produce the product. And in return, Fox is shutting down all the mom and pop Jayne hat makers. Which is ridiculous because the very point of a Jayne hat is to own a mangled handmade orange monstrosity that warms your noggin, not something churned out on an assembly line. But now that Fox has sold the licence, they now have to shake down Etsy members who are lovingly knitting their Firefly memorabilia.
This doesn’t mean you can’t make your own Jayne top, but you just can’t sell it online. Blastr reached out to both Ripple Junction and Think Geek (where the licensed hats are sold) and both companies denied involvement in the shuttering of homespun Jayne Hats.
Well, there you have it folks. It is a shame this property is owned by (and here I quote Mr. Buttery Wholesomeness) a “luke-warm bag of Palestinian foreskins,” but I also want to remind the Browncoats out there that a part of the Firefly theme was rebellion and fighting large and intimidating organizations. I can’t tell you what to do, but I think it would be pretty damn cool to look out on a sea of orange beanies at every convention I go to this year! Keep fighting Browncoats!