We’re still muddling through the first draft of Covfefe: A Coffee Table Book, so it struck us as odd how quickly Chelsea Clinton was able to take the “She Persisted” meme and turn it into a feminist children’s book so quickly. We’re not doubting Chelsea’s quick writing capabilities (or those of her ghostwriter), but damn, that was awfully fast. Perhaps she already had the book nearly finished and merely grabbed the title from the Elizabeth Warren-inspired catchphrase earlier this year? Or…perhaps she was able to finish so quickly because…the book wasn’t really hers to begin with.
That’s the claim being made by author Christopher James Kimberley of Albany, NY. The 56-year-old is suing the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton for ripping off a book idea he says he pitched to Penguin Random House in May 2013. In the lawsuit, Kimberley is asking for up to $150,000 for copyright infringement, insisting that the book that Chelsea is profiting from represents his intellectual property.
“I did months of painstaking research on my book,” he told the New York Post. “Her version looks like a ninth-grade homework assignment. I am in disbelief.”
From The Post:
The little-known writer claims he sent a pitch for his illustrated kids book, “A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys And Girls Smart,” to the president of Penguin Young Readers US, Jennifer Loja, in May 2013, according to the lawsuit.
Instead of publishing it, she passed the idea off to Clinton, who cashed in on his hard work, he claims in court papers.
“She Persisted,” published May 30, features at least three of the same quotes from inspiring historical women — including Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman and Nellie Bly — that appear in Kimberley’s book, along with similar images, the writer claims.
Clinton’s book centers on “13 American Women Who Changed the World” and is an “unauthorized reproduction of [Kimberly’s] work,” court papers state.
“The appearance of impropriety is striking,” he says in the lawsuit.
While her mother is all over social media promoting “Nasty Woman” t-shirts, perhaps Chelsea will unwittingly turn the “she persisted” feminist meme into something entirely new. The lady from Chappaqua was told not to plagiarize my work, but she persisted.
The possibilities are endless.
The secretary of state was asked to stop violating security procedures regarding classified information, but she persisted.
The former president was advised not to get on that plane with the attorney general, but he persisted.
Wait, why are we giving this away when we could put it in our book?
And don’t even THINK of stealing our idea, Ivanka!