Cardi B allegedly violated the rights of Italian artist aleXsandro Palombo by using his work in her Oct. 31 Instagram, in which the rapper dressed up Marge Simpson in an outfit with a back opening that revealed her butt cleavage. Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, utilized an image of Palombo’s artwork in the series of photos she uploaded but did not give him any credit for it.
She did, however, acknowledge French designer Thierry Mugler in her Instagram caption, whose outfit served as the model for Palombo’s artwork. In an Instagram post, Palombo, who made the illustration for Vogue UK in 2013, said that he emailed Cardi B but did not hear back from her.
Cardi B violated “the most elementary rules on copyright and Instagram policies,” according to Claudio Volpi, a lawyer who represents Palombo, when she used his artwork without giving him credit. Volpi also revealed to Artnet that after the picture was uploaded to Cardi B and two of her team members’ social media pages, Palombo contacted them and asked them to clarify the mistake and include a link to his Instagram page.