Have you guys heard about the [email protected]
and Jeffrey Hidy and Noah Cyrus situation?
Basically what happened was; Jeffrey Hidy, a relatively small instagram "influencer" (he had around 12.5k from being moderately above average) reached out to oakai, asking to order a couple commission for a friend's birthday, with the reference being a photo of his friend & her boyfriend (the photo was actually a picture of Noah Cyrus and Leon Bridges). Jeffrey paid oakai once the commission was completed, then requested oakai did not post it to any of her social media. About a few days after the commission was completed Jeffrey blocked oakai posted to his instagram, claiming the commission from oakai was his artwork and that he was proud to be able to work on this project with Noah Cyrus and proud of the outcome of his "artwork". Both Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges reposted Jeffrey's post on their instagrams, crediting him. The commission from oakai, who doesn't allow her artwork to be commercialized ended up being Noah's song cover on spotify, youtube, and itunes. Jeffrey was paid for all of this; and likely paid x10 of what he'd paid Oakai for the commission he stole. Oakai posted screenshot receipts of her dms with Jeffrey.
Naturally, he was caught and Oakai started a thread on twitter to raise awareness. Within this time, Jeffrey made alternate twitter accounts posing as other people threatening to sue Oakai, and making claims that "Jeffrey deleted everything and apologized" (he had not). Once people realized it was him Jeffrey quickly switched to speaking in the first person on the alt before privating it. Noah Cyrus was made aware of all of this and reached out to Oakai to apologize, quickly editing her post to credit oakai before completely deleting it. Her team has also contacted Oakai to work on future projects together.
Now you may be wondering, what's Jeffrey doing now? Well, he doubled down even more. He went on instagram to still claim the majority of the artwork was his, and that Oakai had only drawn Leon Bridges face, even though all of this had been proven to be false. He made self pitying posts as well. It was revealed Jeffrey had done this to multiple artists in the past, ordering commissions then blocking them and reposting their work as his.
You can read Oakai's thread here: https://twitter.com/OAKAIARTS/status/1214167406735572993