Not very Diplo-matic of him.
Diplo (n.) - A revolutionary in the stealing content business.
If you don't know who Diplo is, congrats on listening to the part of health class where they told you that Ecstasy (Molly, MDMA, X, smileys, booplesnoops, whatever) puts holes in your brain. He's one of the world's top-tier DJs, in a price category with Tiesto, Deadmau5, Paul Oakenfold, and whoever else is playing Sweet Sixteens for billionaire's brats these days. He's also a huge jerk to complete strangers online who don't take kindly to their work being stolen.
On top of everything else, "at the same time as well" is terrible writing. So redundant. Like it was typed by a guy who makes repetitive beats based on others' work.
"U guys who create art from scratch are sad lazy" - Diplo
DJs can sample images, too, now?
Diplo is also half of Major Lazer, and he's collaborated with M.I.A., Britney Spears, Beyonce, Justin Bieber and other huge mainstream names. He's a big deal. Big enough that he should be able to afford to pay to use artwork from working cartoonists like Rebecca Mock. But he neither paid nor (at first) credited Mock for the use of her artwork in these promotional clips (seen on Time.com) for his new collaboration with Missy Elliott:
On the one hand, yay for the Missy Elliott collaboration. Sounds awesome. About that super-cool gif background, though: it's a portion of an original animated work by Mock, who was hired by Medium to create it for an article about earthquake scientists in Italy. At the artist's request, I'll ask that you check out the original image on Medium. It looks way bigger and better there, anyway.
Oh, btw I stole this pic. NBD.
Mr. Pellegrino wins "Best Comment" of this entire ordeal. (via Instagram)
Diplo also posted it without credit on Instagram, although after Mock called him out on it and other people joined in, he edited the caption to credit her (with no link). This was as considerate as he was willing to be. It was all downhill from there.
Ten bucks says Diplo still pronounces "pwned" out loud in 2015.
Overall, he seems pretty happy with himself. Which works fine, because the reason everyone else is pissed at him is that he's a smug, sexist, rude, content-stealing jerk. At least you can't say he's not playing the part to the hilt.
Let's randomly attack people protesting police brutality and the use of child soldiers while we're at it!
But wait, there's more (stolen content)!
Rebecca Mock wasn't the only one to have original content pilfered recently. Diplo also has a tendency to pass off other people's pictures as his own hilarious ideas, like these Valentine's Day cookies that Ashley Bender originally posted to Tumblr with the title "Made my BF something" (warning, NSFW language on cookies):
Ashley has a bright future creating content that will be stolen by reddit and us instead.
(via Ashley Bender on Tumblr)
It may not seem like a big problem to some, and no one is calling those cookies the Mona Lisa of our time, but it's bad enough trying to be funny online and having nobodies steal your joke. People who have large followings are supposed to be better than that. Diplo has almost a million Instagram followers. Ashley Bender has 450 followers on Twitter . Unless he credits her, a million idiots will never know who first created this admittedly not-super-original but still pretty funny image.
But, y'know, as Diplo famously said when he accepted someone else's lifetime achievement award:
"Fuck you lol I'm a DJ take me seriously." - Diplo
Update: Diplo has responded to the controversy by changing his Twitter handle and being himself.
Id rather be a dick than a swallower pic.twitter.com/Lh167zcakq— Giflo (@diplo) February 12, 2015