Elon Musk's farting unicorn fight settled

Lloyd Doyle
July 23, 2018

Edwards blogged on Friday that the matter is now resolved "in a way that everyone feels good about".

In June, Tesla said that its shareholders had turned down a proposal to remove Musk, who holds a 22 per cent stake in the company, as chairman.

It sure seems like the saga of Elon Musk and The Farting Unicorn™ is reaching a satisfactory conclusion, clearing up Musk's plate to continue feuding with rescuers of children stranded in caves or journalists or whoever else is on deck.

Musk posted the image, created by Tom Edwards, a potter from Colorado, on Twitter without attribution in March previous year. The organization tweeted that that Musk "has dedicated his career to the mission of replacing fossil fuels with clean energy & has strongly backed the Sierra Club's advocacy work".

But when Edwards found out Musk used his art to promote an operating system for Tesla, the electric auto company owned by Musk, he felt he was being short-changed.

In May, Edwards' lawyer sent a letter to Tesla asking that his client be compensated. He did not want a big legal fight and said that he had always been a Musk fanboy.


A Tesla spokesperson told Business Insider, "Elon has spent most of his career fighting to prevent climate change and protect the environment". He added: "We're not sitting here with dollar signs in our eyes, we're really doing this because it's what right".

That prompted a bitter exchange on Twitter where Edwards' daughter Lisa Prank wrote that Musk had "ripped off my dad's art! this is a true story! what do you have to say for yourself @elonmusk??".

"It's clear there were some misunderstandings that led to this escalating, but I'm just glad that everything has been cleared up", he wrote in a post on his company website, later shared by Mr Musk.

Musk tweeted a link to the blog, with three emojis: A unicorn, a gust of wind, and a peace symbol.

The revelation emerged around the same time Musk drew flak for calling a British diver who helped rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave a "pedo guy", though he eventually heeded advice from investors and apologised. "You had a rough week in the News".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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