In what has been a revealing few months for the eccentric entrepreneur, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has hit the headlines once more after having a Twitter spat on main over some Nier: Automata fan art.
Yeah, you’re reading that right. Musk posted a screenshot of this 2B illustration by wonderful French artist Meli Megali – there was only one problem – he didn’t credit her as we have.
Hello all, I’m a little artist in this big world,— Meli Melo 🖌️ (@MagaliProd) June 16, 2019
But if you would travel, follow me 🖌️💜https://t.co/uP2xEGSpJ1#art #illustration #artist #draw #artistsontwitter #drawing #illustrationart #videogames #StarWars #NieRAutomata #KingdomHearts #travel #painting pic.twitter.com/arJmCjm3oX
In the replies Musk was bombarded with hate for the decision but stood his ground, replying with a blunt “No” before reaching into galaxy brain territory with a wild take about how giving credit where it is due is “destroying” Twitter – he said “any fool can find out who the artist was in seconds” – stay classy.
The problem is that Musk has an incredible following on the platform – so anything he posts is bound to blow up – all it would have taken was one line or an @ to credit the artist and this would have been a non-issue.
The artist behind the piece is now enjoying a megaton amount of support from fans around the globe, tweeting this out after yesterday’s events “Hey guys, I do not know what to say… Just peace and thank you, your support makes me so happy.”
Many publications have since given Megali proper credit and lambasted Musk for his childishness – this has led him to quote, end quote delete his Twitter account – only to bring it back with a profile picture that reads ‘I love fanart’ – again, very classy…
He has now deleted most of the offending tweets – even the one where he claimed to delete his own Twitter – and is back on the platform.
Musk was very recently making waves in the gaming world by joining Bethesda don Todd Howard for a chat during E3 Coliseum 2019, hosted by Geoff Keighley. During the talk, Musk announced a Tesla video game you can control with your steering wheel.