Elon Musk reposted art and refused to credit the artist he stole it from. I really don’t know how people genuinely like this man pic.twitter.com/wCPZ2hhCkM
— Catherine fire emblem fan account (@Chorizort_) June 16, 2019
Twitter user TodoNintendoS replied to Musk by saying, “credit the artist Elon. To which the Tesla CEO said, “No.” Then Elon said, “No one should be credited with anything ever,” which makes zero sense. He then followed it up with, “Always credit everyone.” Classic Elon.
The internet reactions lambasted the SpaceX entrepreneur for failing to properly credit the artist.
There are a lot of hardworking artists who pay their bills with their art. They take pride in it too.
”free exposure” that is uncredited doesn’t help them, it harms them.
— ArynJensen Fan•J2M•TFW (@Aryn_singer_spn) June 16, 2019
I’m just a random person, and I care whenever I see a random person repost art without credit. It’s really not that far-fetched. Artists work their asses off and deserve to have that recognized and acknowledged.
— Nadav Nevo (@Morkid_883) June 16, 2019
Fuck Elon Musk. Dude has 27 mil followers, reposts someones art, and actively says “yeah no i won’t credit them”. He’s the definition of an entitled, rich piece of shit who cant help the people who don’t have nearly the same amount of clout.
— Georgemooey@CEO 2019 (@GeorgeMooey) June 16, 2019
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Twitter asking Elon Musk Elon
to credit an artist for
their time and efforts pic.twitter.com/zwrGjxmQee
— zero (@zeroD_longitude) June 16, 2019
Haha it’s kind of easy if people want to find the artist they can reverse google search etc. Ppl lazy tho. Honestly? I think the greatest reward as an artist is to have ppl enjoy your art,maybe that’s why I’m poor haha. Anyway now the artist has great exposure thx to you!
— Batman (@Insertnameplea) June 16, 2019
Can people be less like Elon Musk and more like Will Smith please? pic.twitter.com/AikaFM8T9K
— Emmanuel Esparza (@EightBitArt) June 16, 2019
Meli Magali – 2B – Nier Automata [Illustration] https://t.co/We5i3MGbFB
— тαℓєѕ σf cσσkíє #Zeldathon (@ArcanaLegacy) June 16, 2019
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In the end, the internet delivered some justice because the real artist is now way more recognized than if Elon had just credited her to begin with. The artist is Meli Magali, who goes by the Twitter handle @MagaliProd. She replied by tweeting: “OMGGGGGG, IIITTSSSSSS MEEEEEE My account explodes. JUST THANKS A LOT ALL for protecting my art and for notifying me (Ps: Elon you’re not cool for haven’t credited me).”
OMGGGGGG, IIITTSSSSSS MEEEEEE My account explodes. JUSTE THANKS A LOT ALL for protecting my art and for notifying me
(Ps: Elon you’re not cool for haven’t credited me )#myart #NieRAutomata #NierAutomata2B #illustration #artist #illustration #Elonmusk https://t.co/TYSSdMN8vy
— Meli Melo (@MagaliProd) June 16, 2019
Hello all, I’m a little artist in this big world,
But if you would travel, follow me https://t.co/uP2xEGSpJ1#art #illustration #artist #draw #artistsontwitter #drawing #illustrationart #videogames #StarWars #NieRAutomata #KingdomHearts #travel #painting pic.twitter.com/arJmCjm3oX
— Meli Melo (@MagaliProd) June 16, 2019
It was only last July, that Elon Musk reached a settlement with a Colorado artist after the Telsa CEO used a cartoon image of a farting unicorn. Musk used Tom Edwards’ art to help promote his Tesla electric cars without attribution or payment.
Elon Musk’s troubled love of a magical unicorn https://t.co/zbbH7a83Sd pic.twitter.com/RgImCfdvH8
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) July 1, 2018
Musk ignored licensing attempts by Edwards and his daughter online. “He can sue for money if he wants, but that’s kinda lame. If anything, this attention increased his mug sales,” Musk tweeted.
hey y’all Grimes’ boyfriend ripped off my dad’s art! this is a true story! what do you have to say for yourself @elonmusk ?? https://t.co/TMMJAS1ZGM
— Lisa Prank (@lisaprank) June 26, 2018
The billionaire eventually reached an agreement with Edwards. “It’s clear there were some misunderstandings that led to this escalating, but I’m just glad that everything has been cleared up,” Edwards wrote. “I’ve always been a Tesla fan, and I’m looking forward to getting back to making pots and selling them in my online store.”
Sales of the mug did spike in February 2017 after Musk tweeted a photo of the farting unicorn mug and said it was “maybe my favorite mug ever.” However, the following month, Musk used the image to promote Tesla’s new sketch pad feature and it appeared as an icon on the infotainment screen of the electric vehicles.
Musk was also tweeting memes of bees playing jazz on Saturday, so expect that Tesla stock to continue to be erratic like his tweets.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 15, 2019
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