Disney’s Joy Division inspired Mickey Mouse t-shirt was a great idea for a few days but today it is no more. Disney have withdrawn the t-shirts from sale.
Within the past week Disney put the Mickey Mouse t-shirt based on Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ album artwork on sale at its theme parks and online store.
Disney stopped selling the shirts today, stating “As soon as we became aware there could be an issue, we pulled it from our shelves and our online store to review the situation further.”
In somewhat of a surprise move for the legal conscious Disney, the company created the shirts without seeking permission but then took them off sale when it became a major news story this week.
Not that Joy Division cared. “We’ve always been one of the most bootlegged bands in history, particularly Joy Division. But it’s a hell of a compliment to be bootlegged by someone like Disney,” Peter Hook told Rolling Stone.
Hook says he is currently talking about legal action against New Order for continuing without on him. Joy Division changed their name to New Order and continued on after the death of original singer Ian Curtis.
However, the Disney t-shirt news has got them all talking again. “And you never know, this might be just the thing that brings me, Bernard and Stephen together to have a laugh and a drink. And maybe Walt can achieve what no amount of people seem to be able to do in the world, and bring Joy Division back together,” he said.