Grammy-winning producer Diplo on Wednesday teased the new Jack U collaboration with Missy Elliot with an Instagram video, which should’ve been a harmless bit of self-promotion. Instead, it led to a flurry of mocking and misogynistic tweets aimed at Rebecca Mock and others after the illustrator pointed out the DJ had used one of her GIFs without permission or credit.
Diplo, whom In the Mix once ironically dubbed the “King of Twitter,” added Mock’s credit to the Instagram post, only to trumpet his action with this vulgar exchange:
Diplo continued in that vein when someone suggested what he could legitimately do:
Sadly, Diplo didn’t stop there, writing that Mock and her Four Points collaborator Hope Larson are “disgusting, sad lazy” and in need of a new job when Larson asked her followers for legal advice. “I hope u guys all become millionaires off gif lawsuits,” he said in separate tweet. He also mocked criticism with such comments as, “brb going to gif school” and “New rap lyrics – got rich quick from stealing gifs, bitches hating but I’m straight animatin. Cartoons big like Walter Payton
#debating.” His Twitter handle is now “Giflo.”
Mock, who has produced work for The New York Times, The Walrus Magazine and BOOM! Studios’ Adventure Time, and rather concisely summed up Diplo as an “unchecked, rampant, privileged turd,” remained relatively quiet on Twitter, even as the producer mocked and insulted her and her defenders. She did, however, wrap up the day with the following message:
This morning I informed @diplo I didn’t want him stealing my work to promote his music-his response was to dismiss/harass me & my peers. Looks like he’s not done w/ his slander and harassment. Clearly he’s got no better life plans, so plz do me a favor and ignore his existense. I’d like to thank everyone for their support, advise, defense, and camaraderie. I’m not going to let this slide.”
However, cartoonist Emily Huff managed to craft a response that even Diplo should be able to appreciate:
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