‘Fresh Prince’ alum Alfonso Ribeiro denied copyrights of hip-swinging ‘Carlton Dance’

Alfonso Ribeiro denied ‘Carlton Dance’ copyrights.

Alfonso Ribeiro loses his dance. 

Blog King, Mass Appeal

LOS ANGELES — It’s official. The Carlton Dance doesn’t belong to Carlton. That’s because, earlier this week, a registration specialist for the U.S. Copyright Office denied Alfonso Ribeiro’s bid to put the hip-swinging gyration on lock, saying it’s nothing more than a “simple dance routine.” That means the finger-snapping maneuver can be used by anybody, including video game creators of Fortnite and NBA 2K. Alfonso is suing both companies, claiming they marketed his movements without permission.

The copyright repudiation, however, figures to undermine the lawsuit. Not to mention Alfonso admitted on tape he stole the dance from Eddie Murphy’s Raw. The ‘Carlton Dance’ debuted 27 years ago on the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Many are wondering why Alfonso waited so long to pursue copyrights.

Is he broke?

Is he a primadonna?

Is he smokin’ meth?

Only Alfonso knows the answer.

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Mortimus Maximus Aurilius

    Yeah i think he should be able to copyright his dance move in spite of the fact that the fortnite issue was made public. Its a sample of the Carlton dance from a specific fresh prince episode that is making money.

  2. Dude- it’s NOT your dance. Producers taught you how to do it.

  3. Alfonso admitted years ago that he himself stole the dance from white dances on American Band Stand. That was the typical white man rhythm-less dance back in the 70s

  4. He’s washed up and just wants money

  5. He said he stole the dance first. Why doesn’t he get sued?

  6. Hibiscus Syriacus

    I hope they make him do the dann thing in court. “Awww don’t make me do that dance!” – Sir Nose😂😂😂😂

  7. White people should sue his ass for stealing these moves from them. Let’s ruin him and teach him a lesson.

  8. awsumocoolbeans

    Ok he’s just dumb. Guess he was going broke or something so tried to make a few bucks.

  9. I want to copyright all the words in the English dictionary. Every English word you use to comment will be charge a dollar thanks!

  10. I did that dance before he was born! 🤣

  11. Black ppl can never get credit for what they do lol


    I’m going to copyright my method of inhaling oxygen
    I dont want anyone to use it no mo😒😤

  13. I’m gonna copyright living 👌🏼

  14. I love the Fresh Prince but you can suck it Carlton! No free money for you.

  15. He legitimately created this dance,he should be able to copyright,but yet you allow 50cent to copyright “get the strap”

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