A video from YouTuber’s study Philip Rusnack, known as “Philion”, has revived the debate over whether the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC)’s inflexible symbols (NFT) collection of Yuga Labs uses racism and white supremacist mysticism.
In the hour-long video released on June 20 on YouTube, Rusnack presented his case, claiming that BAYC was “one huge all-right joke” using language, symbols and memes from the anonymous 4chan web site.
He argued that the NFT films contained racist prejudices against blacks and Asian nations, and compared the symbolism and language used by Yuga Labs and BAYC with those used by the Nazis.
For example, an example widely used by supporters of the claims summarizes the BAYC logo and the Nazi Totenkopf symbol used by the SS Panzer League during World War II.
At the end of the video, Rusnack calls for action and asks his viewers to pressure the owners of BAYC NFT to “burn” their logo in a process where NFT is sent to an unusable and unrecoverable wallet address.
“I want all famous actors, athletes and influencers to burn their hellish monkeys. I want to make such an awful shit storm that everyone from Steph Curry to Post Malone to Jimmy Fallon will be forced to react. “
Allegations of racism within the museum have been a hot topic on social media this year, but came to the fore when artist Ryder Ripps published a collection of what he claims to be evidence of Nazi imagery and anti-Semitism in early 2022.
Ripps acquired the domain gordongoner.com, the same pseudonym used by Yuga Labs founder Wylie Aronow, to host a website showing numerous examples of mystical sign language. The video shows information that Rusnack has obtained and research that Ripps conducted.
Rusnack says in the video that it is “a point where these similarities are no longer coincidental,” adding:
“If I take one example that deliberately underscores a Nazi, fascist or all-right message, you might think to yourself, ‘I see it, but it’s achieved.’ So I ask you: What is your number? At what point will all these examples become crystal clear to your eyes? ”
Without directly quoting the dispute, Yuga Labs responded to some allegations, tísta in January that monkeys were used as many in cryptography refer to themselves as such. Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly. “
A little bit about us to start the new year and what lies ahead.
1. What is the inspiration behind the name Yuga Labs?
We are nerds and Yuga is a villain in Zelda who has the ability to turn himself and others into two-dimensional art. Sensible for NFT companies.
– Yuga Labs (@yugalabs) January 3, 2022
Addressing the BAYC logo, Yuga Labs said the purpose was to make the “club” look “ugly and wonderful” and why they chose the skull:
“We used a monkey’s skull to help spread the word about how boring these monkeys are – they ‘lead to death’.”
Mark Pitcavage, a senior researcher at the Center for Extremism (ADL), often referred to as an extremist, said in a February interview with Input that he saw no correlation between the logo and Totenkopf and was quoted as saying:
“The Nazi Totenkopf is one very specific graphic design of the skull and crossbones and the monkey skull does not resemble it in any way except to the extent that all skulls resemble to a certain extent.
Pitcavage, however, agreed that the qualities and attributes of some NFTs were difficult, as the “hip hop” feature with a gold chain and the “sushi chef headband” are stereotypes of black culture and the Japanese person, respectively.
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Overall, Pitcavage and another ADL investigator, Carla Hill, said the Ripps study did not point to a particular group of extremists.
Ripps has faced accusations that his research accordingly is a promotional method to sell his own BAYC-derived NFT collection called “RR / BAYC,” with over 6,000 NFTs based on the original collection.
Ripps says the collection is a satire and protest aimed at educating them about BAYC’s alleged extremism. However, these allegations do not contradict the assertions made by Ripps in his investigation.
Cointelegraph contacted Rusnack, Ripps and Yuga Labs for comment but did not hear back for publication.
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