The problem started when the DJ used a custom gif in a teaser trailer for an upcoming collaboration between Missy Elliot and Jack U. It's a really cool gif, but he didn't bother to ask the artist, Rebecca Mock, for permission or even credit her work in his original post.
When Mock called him out on Twitter, things got ugly.
After he went back into the original Instagram message and added a credit, Diplo replied and then deleted an incredibly crass and sexist tweet: "@jjsteeves i credited her what u want me to do ? Eat her out and massage her boobs at the same time as well [sic]."
Wow. Blatant sexism and jerk-itude aside, giving her credit after the fact does not solve the root of the issue, which is that he used her artwork — for which she holds sole and legal copyright — without permission and without payment.
But despite the fact that if someone did that to him he would probably have his lawyers up their butts in 10 seconds flat, he is acting incredibly self-righteous about the whole thing.
To all the gif artists out there.. Sorry for bumming you out .. .. pic.twitter.com/VETGgvUwFs— Giflo (@diplo) February 12, 2015
New rap lyrics - got rich quick from stealing gifs, bitches hating but I'm straight animatin . Cartoons big like Walter Payton #debating— Giflo (@diplo) February 12, 2015
Mock isn't letting him off the hook, though.
this morning I informed @diplo I didn't want him stealing my work to promote his music-his response was to dismiss/harass me & my peers.— Rebecca Mock (@rebeccamock) February 11, 2015
Looks like he's not done w/ his slander and harassment. Clearly he's got no better life plans, so plz do me a favor and ignore his existense— Rebecca Mock (@rebeccamock) February 11, 2015
I'd like to thank everyone for their support, advise, defense, and camaraderie. I'm not going to let this slide.— Rebecca Mock (@rebeccamock) February 11, 2015
We hope that means she's getting a lawyer and getting her due.
But we can't help but wonder, is all this just a ploy to get himself some free publicity? If so, it certainly worked.
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