Stan takes legal action over Patriot Blue after racial attack on Dastyari


Streaming service Stan and Roadshow Productions are taking trademark action over Patriot Blue after a racial attack on Labor Senator Sam Dastyari.

Streaming service Stan and Roadshow Productions will launch legal action against the right-wing group who racially attacked Labor Senator Sam Dastyari in a Melbourne pub.

The group, which includes convicted stalker and racial vilifier Neil Erikson, say they are called Patriot Blue and have set up Facebook groups under the name.

But Patriot Blue is also the name of a group in the entertainment companies' upcoming fictional drama series Romper Stomper.

"The group involved have misappropriated the name of the fictional group from the series," Stan and Roadshow said in a joint statement.

"Stan and Roadshow Productions today instructed law firm Gilbert and Tobin to take appropriate legal action in relation to the infringement of the Patriot Blue trademark and use of the Stan name on Facebook."

The Romper Stomper series is a present-day reboot of the 1992 Australian film that starred Russell Crowe as a gang leader that attacked Asian immigrants in Melbourne.

"The incident with Senator Dastyari highlights that this is the right time to have an important national conversation about these issues, in a respectful and constructive way," Stan and Roadshow said.

The NSW senator was at Footscray pub VU on Wednesday when Mr Erikson others approached him, calling him a "terrorist" and a "monkey" and telling him to go back to Iran.

"Sam's a strong bloke, he's got a thick skin, he's been in politics for a long time," Mr Erikson told ABC radio on Thursday.

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari.
Labor Senator Sam Dastyari.

"He called us rednecks, which is a racist term in fact, so look, he gives as good as he gets.

"I think he's playing the victim a little bit."

In 2014, Mr Erikson was ordered to do community service after pleading guilty to stalking a Melbourne rabbi.

He's also appealing a 2017 conviction for beheading a dummy outside a Bendigo council office in protest over plans to build a mosque.

Senator Dastyari on Thursday said politics in Australia was heading to a "very, very ugly place" and attacks like the one he was subjected to "makes me feel small, makes me feel horrible, it makes you feel kind of terrible and that's what they are designed to do".

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