Legal issues related to the protests against Voodoo / The Ex
In addition to those relating to counterfeiting, there have also been other legal issues which, since its inception, have concerned the Voodoo / The Ex knife set designed by Raffaele Iannello. They arose from the fact that its shape has in some cases triggered furious reactions from obtuse consumers who have launched lively protests or even filed some class actions to have the product withdrawn from the market.
Some of these events, unexpectedly, also had wide coverage in the international media:
In January 2006, the Canadian newspaper Toronto Sun told the story of a gentleman who was so outraged that he turned to the Toronto Police and even wrote to then British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
In February 2006, the British ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) expressed itself in favor of the product, declaring that it was not offensive at all and instead comparing it to a work of art.
In April 2008, the Canadian newspaper Stratford Gazette reported the story of a lady who, after seeing the product on the cover of a major newspaper, waged a long battle to have it removed from the market. Of course, her request was not granted.
In August 2008, an event very similar to the previous one occurred in the UK and the news was published by the Evening Standard newspaper.
In October 2008, again in the United Kingdom, the Highland News newspaper recounted the protests of another lady who did not like the product and fought, in vain, to have it banned from the market.
Over all these years, the designer has only sporadically received personal criticism from indignant consumers about the appearance of his Voodoo / The Ex knife set. Instead, there have been thousands and thousands of messages of sincere and enthusiastic appreciation received in relation to the product.