Since I’ve seen some requests for one, here’s a review/summary of the situation between Archie Comics Publications, Ken Penders, SEGA, and Bioware/Electronic Arts, with a little look at the effects upon Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comics.
I’ve tried to go in chronological order and stick to the facts, although I added a few details not directly related to the legal proceedings for anyone not very familiar with the people involved. This was compiled with the information in interviews and information made publicly available through the court filing system (although a great deal of information is sealed and not available to the public). Keep in mind that none of the cases described here actually went to trial. Everything discussed is pre-trial.
Whenever someone says to me:
a) you’re too old for Sonic games
b) you’re too emotional over Sonic fandom and characters
I’m like ->
they made the reference
To a Rasta religion is life. When people think of the Rastafarian they picture long natty dreads in a knit cap and the rank aroma of Cannabis. However, a Rasta’s life is dedicated to education, interpretation and meditation on the Word of God.
They read the Bible every day and abstain from eating meat. The dreads are a custom carried from the old Judeo beliefs that a man must keep his head and face unshaven. The collie weed is a sacrement, much like Communion wafers or wine. Once a week the Rastas congregate and, through the Sacred chemistry of the plant, discuss the Scripture as well as going ons in the community. They are not only spiritual teachers, but fathers of the communal tribe.
When college kids with natty dreads and Sublime teeshirts call out Jah’s name, they are uneducated and blinded by the material world. The Rasta is a Soulja, a Holy Warrior of Zion. “Wastas”, the wannabes, are only in it for the Raeggae and weed, nevermind the fact that the music is most likely the same three Bob Marley songs(Ever heard of Jimmy Cliff? Peter Tosh? Toots and the Maytals?)
It is another example of cultural appropriation, taking the law of a Christian offshoot and turning it into a a fashion statement. Rastafarianism is a unique denomination, not the latest trend.
Tl;dr If you eat meat, don’t dedicate time to study scripture, and abuse Cannabis in a blind attempt to feel one with Jamaica, don’t call yourself a Rasta.