This Week on Crypto Twitter: Last Two Bored Ape Founders Step Forward, Buterin Pleads With Putin


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crypto prices mostly fell over the past week, but there have been some promising signs of crypto acceptance around the world: India and the European Union are preparing their own central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), and Russia is drafting legislation to incorporate crypto into the same regulatory framework. as foreign currencies.

On Crypto Twitter, drama unfolded that had nothing to do with prices or CBDCs.

Web3 deals with harassment and Twitter ‘cancellation’

On Monday, non-binary Web3 and NFT educator Dame shared some of the abuse they have received through encrypted messages attached to Ethereum transactions.

The transphobic messages are not worth playing, but you can see them on Lady’s Twitter. Dame seemed to shrug, writing on a follow-up tweet: “on the plus side this person had to spend $7.16 to harass me lmao.”

It turned out that the stalker, unsurprisingly, did not even get the facts right. As Dame explained: “This person clearly has no idea who I am because I’m not trans or gay and I’ve never had surgery.”

The next day, Dame received even more abuse, but a benefactor showed up to send them some ETH and a message praising their courage.

That same day, digital art market SuperRare announced that it had severed ties with an employee for “past offensive and racist language”.

that employee was Ashley Christenson aka Ashnichristfounder of Academy of Current Trainers, a program to help amateur streamers become leading content creators. Ashnichrist responded on Twitter, writing, in part: “I apologize for the damage and pain I have caused and am resigning from @SuperRare to reflect and learn from my mistakes.”

So what were the “offensive and racist” tweets? They were Kanye West and Drake lyrics for more than a decade, and multiple instances where he used the word “retarded”, most recently seven years ago.

From the harassment sent to Dame, to Christenson’s firing, to the elimination of Brantly Millegan of the Ethereum Naming Service for previous homophobic tweets, the Web3 community is clearly experiencing a watershed moment involving anonymity and the opinions of the people behind the avatars.

cryptocurrency podcast Coby He added his cheerful two cents: “If you’re going to get fired for tweeting swear words in song lyrics 12 years ago, I think you might as well tweet the same lyrics again to make it really worth your firing. What’s the point of a decade of personal growth if you still get fired?

The remaining two founders of Bored Ape are unmasked

last week, a buzzfeed research revealed two of the four anonymous creators of the massive hit Bored Monkeys Yacht Club NFT collection. On Tuesday, the two remaining members voluntarily stepped out of the shadows.

The founder known as “Emperor Tomato Ketchup” (clearly a fan of Stereolab) calls himself Kerem in the offline world.

And “Sass” is called Zeshan.

Buterin pleads with Putin

Finally, the creator of Ethereum and Russian citizen, Vitalik Buterin, publicly asked Russian President Vladimir Putin not to invade Ukraine because “harm humanity.”

The 28-year-old wrote: “Whether the situation will return to a peaceful path or there will be a war, now cannot be decided by Zelensky, not by NATO, but by @KremlinRussia. […] I hope they choose wisely.”

Israeli blockchain investor maya zehavi He added: “Vitalik’s take on geopolitics is so weird that it really tells me how serious the situation is.”

putin has deployed forces to threaten the border with Ukraine, and many worry that a full-scale invasion is inevitable. Over $570,000 worth of crypto has been sent so far to Ukrainian NGOs this year, with most organizations using it for defense, medical supplies or cyber warfare.

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