Were Diplo's rude, sexist tweets just a ploy to gain attention?

Feb 12, 2015 at 7:38 p.m. ET
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Diplo just committed the ultimate creative sin: stealing another artist's work. But rather than make amends, he is acting like a huge, huge douche.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Mock isn't letting him off the hook, though.

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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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