Elon Musk's farting unicorn beef is over

Elon Musk tweeted a photo of the mug before Tesla used similar images in their cars.
Elon Musk tweeted a photo of the mug before Tesla used similar images in their cars. Photo credit: Twitter/Elon Musk

Tesla founder Elon Musk has settled an online spat with an artist who drew a farting unicorn on a mug.

The electric car company started using images of farting unicorns in its promotional material and user interfaces last year, not long after Mr Musk tweeted an image of a mug designed by Colorado potter Tom Edwards.

Mr Edwards' daughter Lisa Prank called Mr Musk out online in June, saying he "ripped off" her dad's work. They found out when one of her dad's friends bought a Tesla.

"Grimes' boyfriend ripped off my dad's art! this is a true story!" she wrote on Twitter, referring to Mr Musk's pop star girlfriend, Grimes.

"What do you have to say for yourself?"

Mr Musk initially said the Tesla unicorn was drawn by one of his team, and that he had no idea beforehand it was going to be used in the company's software.

"We can change it to something else if your Dad wants," he told her.

When she told him artists deserve to be paid, Mr Musk said he agreed, but it wasn't Mr Edwards' drawing and it would be "kinda lame" if he sued the billionaire, because the media attention would increase sales of the mug.

In a new post on Twitter, Mr Musk provided a statement from Mr Edwards saying the issue had been "resolved".

"It's clear there were some misunderstandings that led to this escalating, but I'm just glad that everything has been cleared up," said Mr Edwards.

"I've always been a Tesla fan and I'm looking forward to getting back to making pots and selling them in my online store."

In follow-up tweets to fans, Mr Musk said Mr Edwards was a "good guy".


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