Well, that escalated quickly. When Detroit-based Rapper Danny Brown used Photographer Michelle Grace Hunder's photograph without attribution, a simple credit request was met with a less than mature response. It only devolved from there.
Celebrities using photos without permission or credit is not a new problem, though most of the time, it's resolved without a major issue. The few times it becomes an issue, there might be an exchange of words, or the post might be deleted out of misguided spite. Danny Brown's recent exchange with Nic Kelly, content manager for Project U, might be the bottom of the barrel when it comes to these situations. It started with a pretty polite request that received a less than polite response:
Brown responded by tweeting: "Did I ask for a muthaf***a to take my picture?? ... Well shut the f*** up then!!!!! Note to all photographers!!!! ... If u want credit for your pictures then don't take any of me if I didn't ask u to!!! ... F*** outta here!!"
Kelly quickly pointed out that by approving the presence of photographers on his set, Brown was implicitly asking for their presence, though in fairness to both parties, he did so with less professionalism than might have been desirable: "You approved photographers to shoot your set, you f***ing numpty."
The situation is still evolving, but as it stands now, both Kelly and Brown seem to be threatening a physical confrontation. I have to say: I'm not impressed by the behavior from either side. The actual photographer of the image in question seems to have summed it up best:
Remember, when placed in these situations, even if you can't sway the offending party, your professionalism (or lack thereof) is on public display.
Note: In the meantime, some tweets have been deleted. All quotes in this article have been taken from the original tweets.
Lead image by Eli Watson and used under Creative Commons.