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Elon Musk under fire for inflammatory comments on crediting artists

Published: 16/Jun/2019 23:14 Updated: 16/Jun/2019 23:20

by Virginia Glaze


It’s no secret that Tesla CEO and tech millionaire Elon Musk is an avid fan of anime and video games, following his appearance at E3 2019 – but the beloved eccentric is garnering a mass amount of backlash, after posting an artist’s work to Twitter without proper credit.

Musk posted artwork of Nier: Automata’s 2B on June 15, simply captioned: “2B.”


Fans were quick to point out that he’d reposted the image without crediting artist ‘Meli Melo,’ prompting a slew of comments from Musk about “credit” that are leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of fans and critics alike.

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When asked to credit the artwork, Elon replied with a simple, “no,” later elaborating that “no one will ever find out who it was,” when further pressed on the subject.

“I wish people would stop crediting artists on Twitter when any fool can find out who the artist was in seconds,” Musk wrote in a now-deleted Tweet. “It’s destroying the medium.”

That’s not all; Musk went even further on the topic, writing, “…the constant credit crowd are damaging the ethics of the internet. And if they don’t like me, too bad.”


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Musk’s statements on proper credit are inciting outrage across the internet, with users decrying his thoughts on the matter as art theft.

“This isn’t cute,” Twitter user SymphWave wrote of the debacle. “This is perpetuating a cycle of artists working super hard on something, only to have their hard work snatched and used for easy likes and retweets. Just because you’re rich and famous doesn’t mean you’re exempt from this bullshit, asshole.”


The drama didn’t end with art, either; Musk’s seemingly humorous statement that “no one should be credited with anything, ever,” was contested by another user, who claimed that Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard was responsible for the company’s success.

“…Tesla is alive in spite of Eberhard,” Musk retorted in another deleted Tweet. “He seeks credit constantly and fools give it [to] him.”


Netizens noted that Musk’s comments on the subject may have broken a non-disparagement agreement signed with Eberhard, although further information has yet to be released concerning the matter.

This wouldn’t be the first time Musk’s Twitter antics have gotten him in trouble, by far: Musk was made to step down as chair of Tesla in September 2018, after divulging a bit too much information to the social media platform.


NELK Boys’ SteveWillDoIt surprises Kyle with super rare $135k Audi RS7

Published: 16/Oct/2020 12:12

by Jacob Hale


The NELK Boys’ might be best known for their crazy party antics, but SteveWillDoIt has been on an insane charitable spree recently, topping it off by buying NELK co-founder Kyle Forgeard an incredibly rare Audi RS7.

Earlier in October, Steve set up a homeless man with a whole new life: a new job, an apartment and $25,000 in the bank, hoping to truly turn his life around.


Now, Steve is trying to thank Kyle for bringing him into NELK and giving him the platform to make himself a success, and has done so in one of the most extravagant ways possible.

Referring to himself as the “cool Mr Beast,” Steve and the whole NELK team managed to keep the secret of his gift for a month — and it was definitely worth it.

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The NELK Boys are most commonly known for their wild lifestyle.

After arriving back in Orlando, Florida, Steve tells Kyle that he’s got a “very cool” rental car that he can drive from the airport.

Obviously, at first Kyle was confused about what it could be, perhaps a bit cautious. But, when they got outside and Kyle saw his “dream car,” which is currently only one of two of its kind in the US, he assumed Steve had hired the 2021 Audi RS7 for a test drive for him.

Instead, after one of the women there congratulated him, it was revealed that Steve had actually paid for the car, in cash and upfront, for Kyle to keep as his own — only his second car since an old Mazda he used to own.


It definitely sounds like Steve had to pull some strings to make it happen. He was originally searching for a 2020 Audi RS7, knowing that it was Kyle’s dream car, but the opportunity to pick up a 2021 model arrived and he couldn’t pass it up, paying for the car there and then when it was available.

With only two currently in the US, it would be interesting to see who has the other one. It’s almost funny to think that one of them belongs to a YouTube prankster who just likes to make crazy videos for his fans.