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Diplo Fights An Artist On Twitter, Sort Of Apologizes

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The famous DJ Diplo is making the news, and it’s not because of his music. Lately, he has been using the work of artist Rebecca Mock, during his performances, and the talented illustrator, who has worked for the New York Times, did not really appreciate:

‘.‪@diplo has shared one of my .gifs as background art for his music w/out asking me. my work isn’t your clip art dude. don’t sample my gif.’ She tweeted to the DJ, soon supported by another cartoonist named JJ Steeves who tweeted: ’Why treat another industry’s hard working artists like shit? I mean, I support your art, why can’t you be decent to us?’

And this was Diplo’s answer: @jjsteeves I credited her what u want me to do? Eat her out and massage her boobs at the same time as well’

Does he realize how stupid and sexist he appears when he tweets stuff like this? For some reason, people think they can be total dick on Twitter or Facebook, because I am sure he would have never said this to the woman in person, but his reaction is so immature… and may be he realized it and sort of apologized two days later on TwitLonger:

‘@rebeccamock sorry if i hurt your feelings, or trivialize your art… lets go thru the steps to see where we are now.. so maybe I was posting music I’m working on.. i used a gif, and I recorded on a studio computer.. found out later that u made said gif (it was via google image search came up with Wifflegif.com and thats who posted your gif) and then u said it was hard to reach me on twitter.. but i saw it and i wrote u that it was only a snapchat where the gif was playing on my computer while i was working on the remix.. it never came over me that wifflegif.com was a site where artist have there gifs for sale or whatever.. i have no idea..But out of respect for you (you were polite enough in your correspondence) i saved the snapchat to my phone and posted it on instagram but this time i said the gif was made by you and added your name.. something i never seen done on any spontaneous vine/instagram or snapchat posts.. i mean if had to credit every piece of art in my studio.. i would be crediting a Korean girl that made a pic for me, a illustration by Jean Andre, and a painting by Geof Darrow who did Shoalin cowboy .. Do i have time for every piece of art in my studio to be credited on every medium of social media.. actually i don’t.. maybe i need an intern .. I’m sorry i have trollish tendencies on the internet and i like to fight with people .. if your friends and “supporters” hadn’t attacked me we could have probably shared some correspondence maybe even worked on something together … but when people attack me i tend to shit on each and every one of them because thats just what i do.. I’m sorry thats my nature, (i get shitted on too but i have thick skin) I don’t take twitter seriously, i think its a funny place .. For me.. Its not a place for breaking news or serious conversations legal battles.. I’m sorry I think its funny.. and do i like the attention? maybe.. I’m just a joking person and i don’t even take myself serious so how can i take you guys seriously. Its a .gif that played on my laptop and i recorded on a snapchat. i wasn’t selling it or making a profit over it.. i put it up on my instagram because that’s all i could do to make people aware that it was yours (snapchats delete after 24 hours).. if you would like me to delete it i will.Was i an asshole? yes.. probably .. Is everyone else being an asshole .. yes but who cares we all live another day and we don’t have to always fight… did anyone get hurt.. i hope not .. i just want to make sure you know that i didn’t mean any negative feelings towards you (none of the “misogynistic” twitters even tagged you) and i have said much worse things on here. so maybe this is also a future apology to everyone on the internet who follows me.’

That was really long and he has since deleted the previous tweet as well as other ones which were in the same vein… I would not consider Diplo a real musician — when I saw him all he did was playing samples of songs with cheerleaders moving their asses — but it is funny how musicians complain all the time about their music being stolen on the internet. Nevertheless, he didn’t hesitate to steal a gif he found on the internet, without even asking permission. Despite the long apology, I know what the D stands for in Diplo.

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