Slipknot: Why The Band Sued Burger King

Why Slipknot Sued Burger King

Back in 2005, Slipknot would be involved in a lawsuit against fast food chain Burger King over an ad that seemed to steal from the band’s persona. Check out the full story below from Rock N’ Roll True Stories

005 was a huge year for Slipknot. The previous year the band had released volume three the subliminal verses, which saw the release of the huge hits Duality and Before I Forget, and up to this day Duality has been streamed over 100 and 50 million times on Spotify, but during the same time, the band was caught up in a legal dispute with fast-food chain Burger King.

So during 2005 Burger King unveiled the chicken fries menu option, and promote the new product company created an ad campaign with a fake band called Cockrock where members wore masks like Slipknot and Burger King claimed that they were intended to resemble chickens instead. And once fans started to point out the similarities Slipknot filed a lawsuit against the fast-food chain and the ad agency for trademark infringement. Now the gossip site the Smoking Gun first broke the story when they released a copy of the letter that Slipknot Lawyer sent to Burger King. Here’s the ad campaign.


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We all know how to get here today. We have earned this. Every single record label in North America has turned us down. I want us all to take a minute, realize how much work we put into this.


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The lawsuit alleges that the members of Cockrock wore as masks that included a gas mask as  worn by Slipknot’s Sid Wilson, a kabuki style mask as worn by Slipknot’s Joey Jorgensen, and a mask with dreads as one of my Slipknot’s Cory Taylor. 


Burger King filed a countersuit asking for a declaratory judgment while arguing that Slipknot themselves were a parody of other mask bands that were also being spoofed on the spot. The  groups that Burger King cited included Kiss, Gore, Insane Clown Posse, Mushroom Head and Mudvayne among others.

Eventually both sides ultimately dropped their respective cases, and the ad campaign continued as originally planned. 

So do you guys think that Slipknot had grounds for their case against Burger King? Leave a comment in the section below and let me know your thoughts, and as always let me know what stories you’d like to see me cover in future episodes on my channel.