The battle of the patents is underway with both Nadya Suleman, the woman the media dubbed Octomom (alternately spelled OctoMom and Octo-Mom) and a Texas company seeking to patent the Octomom name. Suleman wants to patent “OctoMom” for use in selling a line of diapers and for potential television use.
Super Happy Fun Fun, Inc. seeks to patent “Octomom” for its Octomom game (alternately called Fertile Myrtle) for iPhone and other applications. How did this company turn the negative publicity over Nadya Suleman’s decision to undergo the in vitro fertilization that ultimately led to the octuplets birth into a game? According to CNN, each time a player presses on Octomom’s abdomen, another baby pops out. Octomom’s mother, who in real life was supporting Octomom and the six kids she already had prior to the octuplets birth, must catch each new baby as it is born in the Octomom game. Each baby is a source of welfare money in the Octomom game, money that can be used for fertility shots to produce yet more babies.
The game instructions cattily explain that “it may ‘take a village to raise a child’ but it only takes Octomom to birth a village of children.”
Super Happy Fun Fun isn’t the first Octomom game creator. An Octomom FLASH game by Joinkers.com puts the player in the position of Octomom nanny. With Octomom too busy with endeavors like looking at cosmetic surgery brochures to tend to her babies, the nanny must figure out what they eat and keep them healthy as a social service investigator comes by and issues warnings. If the nanny doesn’t help Octomom earn money, it’s bye-bye nanny job.
The Octomom games are but one form of entertainment scornful of Nadya Suleman and her unusual family. A YouTube video parody of the song “Low” called Octo-Mom Song describes the OctoMom as popping out babies like a toaster and calls her a “food stamps high roller.” More than 3 million viewers have watched Octo-Mom Song and more than 14,000 have rated it.
Some of the Octomom entertainment is if not flattering, less unflattering. A Texas minor league baseball team, the Grand Prairie Airhogs, has scheduled an Octomom Night for June 13. From guessing the number of buns in the E-Z Bake oven to between inning stroller race and diaper derby, the evening’s promotions are all Octomom themed.
And of course there’s a twist on the old-fashioned doll theme. In February, Dr. Rand Pink reportedly sold a Japanese toy manufacturer the concept for an OctoMom doll with a zippered abdomen holding 8 babies. The Japanese manufacturer apparently plans an animated series as well.
It’s no wonder Nadya Suleman is racing to the patent office trying to patent the name OctoMom. Her immediate motivation may be to sell diapers and video footage under the OctoMom moniker but with so much unflattering OctoMom entertainment popping up, it may be in the kids’ best interest that the OctoMom gets the patent not for the income it may produce but to stem the flow of entertainment mocking their family that they will one day grow up and see.
Sources: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/15/octuplet.mom/?iref=hpmostpop; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suleman_octuplets; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wujlieYG47s; http://www.y8.com/games/Octo_Mom; http://www.keyetv.com/content/sports/localsports/story/Texas-baseball-team-holding-an-Octomom-night/CQxp6hpBqkej5OgaliqLog.cspx; http://www.margaretcho.com/blog/2009/02/26/lunch/.