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Please tell me the controversy over Dwayne Johnson's XFL logo is a joke

We've seen plenty of logo disputes over the last couple of years and, weirdly, lots of them have involved celebrities. From Kanye vs Walmart to Drake vs Bellroy, it seems A-listers have knack for generating copyright cases. Here's another – and it might just be the most ridiculous yet.

To much fanfare, actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson revealed the new logo for the 2023 XFL football league yesterday. And to even more fanfare, footballer Megan Rapinoe called out its similarity to the branding for Togethxr, a company founded by Rapinoe's wife. Except, I'm struggling to find more than a couple of minor consistencies (such as the fact that neither are best logos of all time material).

XFL logo and Togethxr logo

The Togethxr logo (left) vs the new XFL logo (right) (Image credit: XFL/Togethxr/Future owns)

Both logos feature a sans-serif 'X' with a split down the middle. And from what I can see, the similarities end around about there. While Togethxr, a media company that "aims to change the way society views traditional roles for women," uses just an 'X' as its logo, XFL's logo features all three letters. And the 'X's aren't even that similar aside from the split in the middle – Togethxr's is rounded and two-tone, whereas XFL's is sharp, and all-white. They say X marks the spot, but I'm having trouble locating the issue here.

Togethxr appears to have taken particular umbrage at a moment in the reveal video for XFL's new branding, which features the two halves of an 'X' surrounding the word 'together'. Sure, once that word enters the mix, things start to feel a little more similar. But it appears to be a seconds-long moment created specifically for the trailer rather than a key aspect of XFL's new identity.

"So nobody can use the letter X in their logo again?" One Twitter user asks, while another adds, "I think this is a huge reach. Logo is a split X. That's the only similarity." Indeed, some are wondering whether Togethxr's complaint is at best a joke, or at work a marketing ploy designed to draw attention to the brand.

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Last year it was Chanel vs Huawei, and I have a feeling this might just be the most ridiculous logo dispute of 2022. Anyway, if you want to create a design that absolutely, definitely won't be accused of ripping off another, check out our guide on how to design a logo.

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Daniel Piper
Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).