Elon Musk Doesn’t Learn, Posts Uncredited Artwork, Deletes Tweet

Elon Musk Doesn’t Learn, Posts Uncredited Artwork, Deletes Tweet
Image: <a href="https://mmprod.artstation.com/projects/kJgvy">Meli Magali</a>

We’re not even a year on from Tesla founder Elon Musk’s settlement in a case about using an artist’s work without credit and we’re back here again, this time over some fan art of Nier Automata’s star 2B.

The tech billionaire, who has over 27 million followers on Twitter, posted the art over the weekend in a tweet with the caption “2b”, with no link or even mention of where it came from. He then added a follow-up tweet that read “wd b…2 make real”. When informed about this via replies, his response was:


The issue here isn’t that he posted the art; loads of people post uncredited art on social media all the time, and as shitty a thing as that seems in isolation, sometimes it’s just an oversight! One that’s easily fixed by, you know, adding the credit.

The issue—aside from the fact this is an account reaching 27 million users—is what happened next. Rather than apologise, add a credit in a reply or repost the art with a credit attached, he followed up with “always credit everyone”, “no one should be credited with anything ever” and the doozy below, then deleted all of them, including the original image tweet.


The artist responsible is Meli Magali:

And you can see more of Meli’s work at her Artstation page and Twitter.


  • “When you can find out in seconds”… right up until some douche with 27 million followers tweets it and in doing so starts a controversy, at which point the original creator’s page often is kicked off the top of Google’s search results.

  • Y’all sure love to whine about credits once someone with huge amount of follower post something but if it was a common user with 10k followers y’all wouldn’t say shit, pathetic ????

  • Twitter pleasantries and correct conversational tone pertaining to fan art is news in 2019.
    And I fucking hate it.

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