Aaron Carter sparks outrage after artist accuses him of stealing work - Dexerto

Aaron Carter sparks outrage after artist accuses him of stealing work

Published: 18/Jan/2020 23:46

by Virginia Glaze


American rapper, songwriter and actor Aaron Carter is facing mass backlash after reportedly stealing the artwork of 25-year-old Berlin-based artist Jonas Jödicke for use on a hoodie.

Skyrocketing to fame in the 1990s, Carter has since taken to promoting his own line of merchandise, one item of which featured a painting of two lions butting heads in the shape of a heart.

While Carter was unfazed about peddling the hoodie — and the artwork upon it — on Twitter, the original artist of the piece was not as enthused, calling out rapper for blatant theft of his work for use in his own clothing line.

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“Hey @aaroncarter… You are using my artwork to promote your merchandise,” 25-year old Jonas Jödicke wrote in response to Carter’s post. “I have not given you permission to do so. My art is being commercially exploited by people on a daily basis. We artists have rights, too!”

However, it doesn’t look like Carter is budging an inch after being called out by the young artist, considering his scathing and expletive-laced reply to Jödicke’s well-intentioned plea.

“You should’ve taken it as a compliment d**k, a fan of MINE sent this to me,” he Tweeted. “Oh, here they go again, the answer is no, this image has been made public and I’m using it to promote my clothing line. Guess I’ll see you in small claims court F**KERY.”

The interaction quickly went viral across Twitter, with users across the platform speaking out in favor of Jödicke’s rights to his own work — as well as dunking on Carter, in the process.

“Apparently we can all steal Aaron Carter’s music and he’ll think it’s a compliment,” Roosterteeth’s Gavin Free said of the situation.

“Ain’t nobody paying $100 for these ugly a** hoodies bro,” writer and director Josh King chimed in. “Only a meth head would want to look & dress like Aaron Carter these days.”

Jödicke has since spoken out about the issue in an interview with Forbes, where he revealed the artwork, named “Brotherhood,” holds significant importance to him, as it kickstarted his artistic career.

This isn’t even the first time such theft has happened to him on a grand scale, with the artist claiming that even Madonna had photoshopped one of his pieces prior to Carter’s recent outburst.

“I didn’t pursue it any further legally, because I didn’t want the drama, but I now regret it,” he told Forbes’ Nadja Sayej. “If we artists always back down like that, things will never change.”


Pokimane denies new Fedmyster claims, says he sent “admission of guilt”

Published: 26/Nov/2020 2:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 3:48

by Isaac McIntyre


Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has hit back at claims made by former OfflineTV streamer Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan in a leaked exposé document, and revealed the disgraced Twitch star sent her what she believes is an “admission of guilt.”

Earlier this year, the OfflineTV house was rocked by accusations of harassment and misconduct leveled at former editor-turned-personality Fedmyster.

Several members of the Twitch content group, including Lilypichu and Yvonne, detailed how Gaytan would “come to [their] room, drunk” and “massage [their] feet and thighs.” Yvonne also revealed he had “crawled in bed” with her, kissed her cheek, and put his hand up her shirt.

These accusations were compounded when Pokimane claimed Fed had been a “big reason” why she moved out of the house. Fedmyster was subsequently expelled from the OfflineTV house, and removed from the company.

After months of silence from the Twitch streamer, a document leaked online on Nov. 24, which mainly detailed Fed’s relationship with Pokimane. In the unreleased exposé titled “My Truth”, which Dexerto has read copies of, Gaytan, 25, accused Pokimane of “twisting the truth” about their relationship.

Pokimane has now hit back, speaking about the leaked document in a short Twitch stream on Wednesday. In her response, she suggests Fedmyster sent her an “admission of guilt” in regards to his “manipulative” actions.

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Fedmyster’s leaked doc, “My Truth,” mainly revolves around his relationship with Pokimane.

Fedmyster allegedly sent Pokimane “admission of guilt”

Anys, who admitted she’s already seen several versions of the Fedmyster document, doubled down on her previous June 29 claims. According to the Twitch star, Fed’s claim to a potential hookup, Steve, that they were “a thing” was the best example of his manipulation.

“I want to make it clear that, to me, this incident [with Steve] was clearly a mess-up on Fed’s part. I confronted Fed, he apologized… he admitted fault,” she said.

Pokimane revealed she messaged Fedmyster ahead of her ‘tell-all’ stream in June, asking if there was anything she “should maybe leave out.” When Gaytan requested she skip over the incident with Steve at the party, however, she refused.

“He said ‘if you can… leave out the Steve stuff, it’s something I wouldn’t like mentioned.’ I couldn’t leave that out. He asked me not to mention it, and I think that’s an admission of guilt, then later he says ‘that’s not how it went down’.”

Pokimane says Fed’s claims ‘overshadow’ real issue

The problem, she continued, is that Fed has focused on her being a “villain” and leading him on in the leaked document. This focus, which she believes “blows everything out of proportion,” is being used to overshadow the actual OfflineTV accusations.

“Essentially we had trouble being close but managing our friendship, knowing he wanted more, but I always felt I was upfront about it… it really bothers me that in this document he tried to make me out as the bad guy,” Pokimane said.

“Obviously we weren’t on the same page. I hope you guys can see this from my perspective… I didn’t see a future between the two of us. I thought I was always honest. Looking back, I should have been more aware of how I acted around him, but hindsight is 20/20!

“To me, in all honesty, all of this is just not important. It’s regular 20-year-old relationship bullsh*t. What I shared about the situation is my honest truth, and it’s totally irrelevant to the actual incidents that triggered all of this.”

Fedmyster says he “stands by document”

Fedmyster has addressed the leaked document too; according to the disgraced Twitch star, he had no plans to release the exposé, because it felt like “airing dirty laundry.”

“[Poki and I] came to agree that keeping things private and making no further statements publicly was what was best for us…We wanted to heal and prevent any further harm to the people involved,” he explained in a short Twitter post.

“On the topic of whether I tried to manipulate our friends to hate her, I still fully stand behind what my document reads but I want to emphasize that it wasn’t my intention to shine Poki in a bad light… I am deeply sorry, and wish I wasn’t so naive and insensitive.”

Fedmyster also said he “still believes [he] was mischaracterized,” but added “after talking to Poki I came to understand her perspective. My outlook on the situation as a whole now comes from a better place of understanding.”

Hours after finishing her stream, Anys took to her second Twitter account, where she said she was “looking forward to moving on” from the whole situation.

“Sorry, td was tough, it’s hard for me to reply to v private things without making the situation messier + I was not in a good headspace,” she wrote. “ty to those that were understanding. looking forward to moving on.”

Yvonne and Lilypichu, who were the first to level harassment allegations against Fedmyster, have not yet publicly addressed the leaked document.