Burger King is getting a ton of blowback after airing a commercial during “Sunday Night Football” that actor and comedian Billy Eichner says stole his act.
Variety reports: “Eichner, who appears on NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation,’ is also known for his Funny or Die and Fuse TV series ‘Billy on the Street,’ where he can be found chasing down New Yorkers to ask them pop culture-related questions and screaming at them. In Burger King’s commercial, a man with similar dark brown hair goes up to two pedestrian and asks them random questions before blurting out the answer.”
The incident prompted tweets from Eichner and from a number of celebrities supporting him.
Eichner tweeted: “Hey @BurgerKing-thanks for stealing my act for ur new commercial!! Except its not as funny & everyone knows u stole it. GET YOUR OWN IDEAS.”
Among the other celebs who showed support was Seth Rogen, who tweeted: “Yo @BurgerKing, stop stealing from the hilarious @billyeichner and stick to what you’re good at: giving me diarrhea.”
Michael Ian Black chimed in: “Hey @burgerking, you were stupid if you think hiring some random actor to rip off @billyeichner was going to work. I WAS AVAILABLE!!!”