Celebs defend Cassper in #FillUp saga against Benny Mayengani, but Twitter's split
"We thought Cassper wanted to inspire people, so why is he suing the people he's inspired?" asked a tweep on Twitter.
Ever since it emerged that Cassper Nyovest plans to take legal action against Tsonga musician Benny Mayengani for using the #FillUp phrase, tweeps have been locked in a 'morals vs ownership debate' that have divided the streets into two different camps.
One camp is being led by EFF CIC Julius Malema and the other by Cassper's industry friends and his nation of Tsibipians.
The argument is that while Cassper may have trademarked the term he didn't invent the concept and according to many people on Twitter this doesn't mean other people cannot fill up stadiums.
While the legal battle is yet to go into full swing the Twitter streets have been trying to make each other see and understand the different perspectives on the matter.
Mzansi celebrities came out in defence of Cassper. They rallied behind the rapper saying that ownership is very important and he should be supported for standing up for his "concept".
Fill up trending regardless of who’s side you’re on is still a win for Cassper. That’s the funny part of this entire debacle. 😨🤫😂— #ScorpionKing (@PearlThusi) September 6, 2018
He’s planning to fill up Moses mabida. Any and very time “fill up” gains traction... it gets him closer to that goal- regardless of why- those 2 words are in your head and mind space the is power of a brand. Whether you buy tix or not. https://t.co/IDADbmrSDu— #ScorpionKing (@PearlThusi) September 6, 2018
I feel like people are being knowingly ignorant about this. It doesn’t make business sense to invest in, and successfully popularize, a concept just so others can gain from your investment.— Firebrand (@simphiwedana) September 6, 2018
I get him though. People must come with their own ideas/concepts. Whether he copyrights the term or not other artists must be able to create/follow their own brand identities.— Firebrand (@simphiwedana) September 6, 2018
However, Twitter is mostly behind Benny with many saying Cassper can't go and trademark something that wasn't started by him in the first place. They reasoned that people like the late Brenda Fassie filled up stadiums way before Cassper and he can't stop others from doing the same thing.
Tweeps also felt the CIC was doing the right thing.