Streaming platform Stan is taking legal action against the far-right group who harassed Labor senator Sam Dastyari in a Melbourne pub on Wednesday, claiming they appropriated the name Patriot Blue from a fictional group in the upcoming Romper Stomper drama series.
Members of the faction confronted Dastyari before a scheduled talk about his book, calling him a “terrorist,” a “little monkey,” and making disparaging references to his Muslim faith.
Footage of the encounter was posted on the group’s Facebook page, and a URL associated with the group – which has since been deactivated – features the phrase ‘PatriotBlueStan’.
In response, Stan and Roadshow Productions issued a statement distancing itself from the group’s actions, and notifying that it has instructed law firm Gilbert & Tobin “to take appropriate legal action in relation to the infringement of the Patriot Blue trademark, and use of the Stan name on Facebook.”
In a further effort to distance themselves from the group’s actions, Stan and Roadshow Productions said “Romper Stomper is a story that reflects contemporary issues from multiple view points and focuses on the alienated and fractured members of modern society.
“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.”
The upcoming series comes 25 years after the Romper Stomper feature film hit screens, bringing a depiction of neo-Nazism and racist violence in Australia to audiences worldwide.