Diplo found himself in hot water the other day when he started spouting off completely inappropriate tweets aimed at the creator of a gif he had used in a snapchat. The whole premise, from the beginning, was rather ludicrous. However, thanks to creator Rebecca Mock’s fans/friends lashing out at Diplo, he fought back. The vulgar and misogynistic tweets are not out of character for Diplo, but thanks to the transparency of social media and valiant efforts by Jezebel, the story went viral and here we are.
Today, Diplo posted a explanation/apology … an “explanology” … on TwitLonger. The gist of it reads that the way Diplo responded is just how he is, and he’s kind of sorry. The situation could have been avoided if it had just been a conversation between Mock and Diplo, but stated if “your friends and “supporters” hadn’t attacked me we could have probably shared some correspondence maybe even worked on something together … but when people attack me i tend to shit on each and every one of them because thats just what i do.. I’m sorry thats my nature. [sic]”
@rebeccamock sorry if i hurt your feelings, or trivialize your art… lets go thru the steps to see where we are now.. so maybe I was posting music I’m working on.. i used a gif, and I recorded on a studio computer.. found out later that u made said gif (it was via google image search came up with Wifflegif.com and thats who posted your gif) and then u said it was hard to reach me on twitter.. but i saw it and i wrote u that it was only a snapchat where the gif was playing on my computer while i was working on the remix.. it never came over me that wifflegif.com was a site where artist have there gifs for sale or whatever.. i have no idea..
But out of respect for you (you were polite enough in your correspondence) i saved the snapchat to my phone and posted it on instagram but this time i said the gif was made by you and added your name.. something i never seen done on any spontaneous vine/instagram or snapchat posts.. i mean if had to credit every piece of art in my studio.. i would be crediting a Korean girl that made a pic for me, a illustration by Jean Andre, and a painting by Geof Darrow who did Shoalin cowboy .. Do i have time for every piece of art in my studio to be credited on every medium of social media.. actually i don’t.. maybe i need an intern .. I’m sorry i have trollish tendencies on the internet and i like to fight with people .. if your friends and “supporters” hadn’t attacked me we could have probably shared some correspondence maybe even worked on something together … but when people attack me i tend to shit on each and every one of them because thats just what i do.. I’m sorry thats my nature, (i get shitted on too but i have thick skin) I don’t take twitter seriously, i think its a funny place .. For me.. Its not a place for breaking news or serious conversations legal battles.. I’m sorry I think its funny.. and do i like the attention? maybe.. I’m just a joking person and i don’t even take myself serious so how can i take you guys seriously. Its a .gif that played on my laptop and i recorded on a snapchat. i wasn’t selling it or making a profit over it.. i put it up on my instagram because that’s all i could do to make people aware that it was yours (snapchats delete after 24 hours).. if you would like me to delete it i will.
Was i an asshole? yes.. probably .. Is everyone else being an asshole .. yes but who cares we all live another day and we don’t have to always fight… did anyone get hurt.. i hope not .. i just want to make sure you know that i didn’t mean any negative feelings towards you (none of the “misogynistic” twitters even tagged you) and i have said much worse things on here. so maybe this is also a future apology to everyone on the internet who follows me
This is the second time that Diplo has alluded to having thick skin; the first time was that awful “kandi ban” fiasco last year. And here’s the Snapchat and .gif in question.
You can check out Rebecca Mock’s work here. It’s actually really quite good.