Clive Palmer: Australia ex-MP threatens YouTuber over 'dense Humpty' video

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Clive Palmer is a controversial figure in Australian business and politics
A popular YouTube comedian says he was threatened with legal action by controversial Australian billionaire Clive Palmer over a satirical video.Friendlyjordies - aka Jordan Shanks - said Mr Palmer had objected to being called a "dense Humpty Dumpty" and a profane nickname that included "Fatty".The YouTuber told fans that his video had not damaged Mr Palmer's reputation.Mr Palmer, a mining tycoon and former MP, asked for A$500,000 ([/img]

Mr Shanks, one of Australia's best-known internet comedians, posted the video before Australia's election in May - when Mr Palmer was seeking to be returned to parliament.
Friendlyjordies has more than 300,000 followers on YouTube
In the seven-minute rant, he called Mr Palmer several insulting terms, depicted him as Homer Simpson, and at one point superimposed his head on a baby being lifted up by Donald Trump.Those portrayals had "exacerbated the defamatory nature" of the video, according to the letter sent by Mr Palmer's lawyers.
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Mr Shanks argued that he had not defamed Mr Palmer."If your overall goal is to escape extreme embarrassment and humiliation, then making it a legal obligation for me to prove you're a [expletive] in court.... has to be the worst possible way to achieve that goal," Mr Shanks told his followers in a video.A federal lawmaker from 2013-2016, Mr Palmer has been widely criticised for failing to pay wages owed to the workers of one of his collapsed mining businesses.He launched a failed bid to return to parliament before May's poll, spending an estimated A$60m (?32m; $40m) on his campaign - more than Australia's two major parties combined.
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