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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

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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.

Fortnite

NickEh30 gets Twitch streamer banned for allegedly stream sniping

Published: 25/Nov/2020 4:48 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 5:07

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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NickEh30’s latest Fortnite tournament was quite a spectacle, but it was tainted by an alleged stream sniper, who was reported and subsequently banned despite maintaining his innocence.

Nick ‘NickEh30’ Amyoony has been hosting a series of Fortnite tournaments in recent months. The latest one was the NickEh30 Cup. It gave players a chance to compete against some of the game’s biggest names in the scene for a chance to win $10,000.  

It was all positive for the most part. A lesser-known professional Fortnite player named  Crumble managed to impress and take home the prize. However, the tournament was marred with some unfortunate stream sniping drama.

NickEh30 Fortnite stream sniping ban

In the final match, several other players landed on NickEh30, including a Twitch streamer named ArchieFN. He eliminated NickEh30 and danced on his body for the better part of 30 seconds.

NickEh30 was less than impressed and looked disappointed and deflated on stream. It was a stark contrast to his usual upbeat and positive vibe. He was convinced ArchieFN was stream sniping and hopped into the replay mode to report him and a few others.

Fortunately, Epic Games responded almost instantly and banned ArchieFN for 24 hours as soon as he returned to the lobby. You can watch a full recap of the incident below and form your own opinion.

However, ArchieFN is maintaining his innocence. He claimed he wasn’t stream sniping at all. Instead, he said he wanted to “contest someone who wasn’t a tier-one pro” and decided to land on NickEh30 after seeing him land in the same spot during a previous game.

Still, he apologized for what he did and acknowledged that some might find it “scummy.” Sadly, that didn’t stop him from copping a bit of abuse, some of which was needless and extreme.

“Why am I waking up to 600 DMs telling me to kill myself?” he said. “I’m 20, and it doesn’t bother me at all, but the majority of the community is quite younger … you really need to think about what you’re saying to people on the internet.”

In the end, ArchieFN’s Fortnite ban won’t last more than a day. It isn’t too long to wait if he’s innocent, but it’s enough for a wake-up call if he’s guilty.

Either way, The NickEh30 was a success despite the stream sniping drama, and a rightful victor was still crowned.