"To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting.
"It belongs to everyone; it doesn't belong to anyone. It's a public domain; it shouldn't be trademarked.
"It's a joke, it's just crazy. It's laughable, I think, quite honestly.
"I think he's made a complete fool of himself. It's disgusting; what does he want?"
Among prominent people who reacted to Gene's actions is also Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, who sarcastically tweeted:
Thinking of trademarking “”- Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) June 15, 2017