Once upon a time there were moments of embarrassment for celebrities when a dress would split in an unfortunate way. There would follow a blush, a chuckle, a brief moment of water-cooler gossip, then we would move on to other, more important things in the Zeitgeist. But then came the era of the “wardrobe malfunction,” which somehow involved lawyers, concerned parents, conservative family values advocates, free speech activists, and the FCC arguing over a split stitch in a way that would confound even Rumpelstiltskin. The latest wardrobe malfunction happened last week to Lenny Kravitz during a concert in Sweden when his leather pants split and the whole world got an eyeful of Lenny Jr.
Initially, Kravitz laughed about it, but now he says it’s no joke: in fact he claims it’s a human rights issue. Lawyers for the singer have warned any outlet that shared images of Kravitz going commando is in breach of their client’s “copyright, human rights, right-of-publicity and performer’s rights.” Can you copyright a penis? Maybe. After all, Kim Kardashian tried to trademark her bum. It’s a shame for the Kravitz member that the name Special K has already been taken. But human rights? Really, Lenny? The United Nations would like a word.