This past Friday, the “Dirty: Platinum Edition” Ol’ Dirty Bastard documentary was slated to debut at Brooklyn’s NuHo Film Festival, but it didn’t go as planned as the estate of the late Wu-Tang Clan member blocked the screening.
According to AHH, with members of the Wu along with close family, friends and fans of ODB in the crowd awaiting for the film to start, Chris Kanik, NuHo’s owner, announced to those in attendance that the documentary would not be shown due to a cease and desist order issued by the attorney representing Ol’ Dirty’s estate, which is under control by ODB’s widow, Icelene Jones.
As the C&D order was revealed and the event came to a close, a confused RZA spoke to the crowd via Skype:
You gotta protect yourself legally, but a film is something that can be portrayed in home, in public places like libraries and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAMS), where art is given to the people.
I can’t see how a lawyer can stop culture from being spread. This film is a documentary. That’s one of the biggest problems we have in this country – the problems of lawyers.
I don’t understand how ODB, who passed away nine years ago, who has children, who has family members who are sitting right there in that audience, he has fans who have supported his music, he’s a part of the Wu Tang Legacy. I can’t see how a lawyer, who never met him personally, can stop this film from being shown to the public.
With RZA’s last comment about the lawyer being said, Chris Kanik, NuHo’s owner replied:
It’s not a lawyer, it’s the estate…the widow.
This is the second time Ol’ Dirty’s estate (Icelene Jones) filed a cease and desist order to prevent the rapper’s music or likeliness from being used as she filed the first order against Rock The Bells back in May of this year to prevent the hologram of ODB to be used during the Wu-Tang Clan’s performance, which was eventually worked out, and a virtual ODB took the stage with his Wu-Tang brethren.