YouTube user “Anonymous” posted a video in which they make various accusations against the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT collection. The video’s main purpose is to set the record straight on whether or not previous claims of racism against BAYC were justified. More than 49,000 people have watched it thus far, and that number is growing.
Anonymous has claimed that BAYC supports racism.
In addition to other things, Anonymous claims that BAYC is racist. An Anonymous Twitter account posted a video in August saying that the BAYC NFT collection was the next target.
So, what exactly did “Anonymous” have to say about Bored Ape Yacht Club?
The Hacktivist group’s alleged account said, “the Bored Ape Yacht Collection and Yuga Labs brand is contaminated with not one or two but dozens of examples of esoteric symbolism and dog whistles.” They shockingly assert these reflect support for pedophilia, simianization, racism, and Nazism.
The group said that these problems are “hidden in plain sight,” but that special understanding is required to “see” them. From what was already said, it appears that, without some prior context, it would be difficult to make the connection between BAYC and Nazi emblems. Fortunately, they aim to share some additional details and the background context shortly.
A bit later in the video, They said:
Only a small number of BAYC Holders have come out to discuss the allegations. Therefore we’re asking for more of their input.
Members of the investor community, business partners, and celebrities who are fans of BAYC and Yuga Labs:
The video probes their thoughts on the revelation, specifically whether or not they will continue to support BAYC in light of the Nazi, siaminization, and pedophilia allegations.
Anonymous pointed out some well known names, like Kevin Hart, Mark Cuban, Dez Bryant, Tom Brady, Ben Simmons, Neymar Junior, Shaquille O’neal, Lion Tree, Adidas, Universal Music Group, Gucci, Coinbase etc asking what’s their official standings on simianization, Pedophilia and Nazism?
Anonymous further said if they are not supporting simianization, Pedophilia, and Nazism, then why are they still tied to Bored Ape Yacht Club? But they could simply not know what was going on in Bored Ape Yacht Club.
Yuga labs have issued many statements refuting the claims. Though, the “anonymous” still want to know why they haven’t done anything to “delete these connections” from their brand.
Do they have any evidence?
In the next weeks, this “Anonymous” hacktivist group plans to share a pitch deck containing proof with the backers of BAYC and Yuga Labs. But there is no evidence in this video.
It should be noted that this is not the first time racial claims have been made against Yuga Labs. In August, Ryder Ripps initially stated his suspicions about Yuga Labs. Despite the fact that some people believe him, others have voiced their skepticism.
Where Does Yuga Labs Stand on the Accusations Leveled Against BAYC?
Since this post was released, Yuga Labs has contacted us to express their suspicion that Anonymous did not produce the video in question but rather was commissioned by a Fiverr videographer.
Previously, Yuga Labs co-founder Gordon Goner published a blog post justifying the company’s delay in responding to YouTuber Philion’s racist comments against BAYC. The fact that they are so “insanely farfetched,” he believes, is the primary factor.
Do you believe this Anonymous video to be genuine?
Despite the account’s claim of anonymity, it is an unofficial “Anonymous” account and the source of the video in question. That particular YouTube channel does have 315K subscribers despite having uploaded only eight videos since 2015. In addition, there are just 16,508 people that follow them on Twitter.
On the contrary, the official Anonymous YouTube channel has over 3.6 million subscribers. The number of people who follow them on Twitter is 8.1 Million.
But Anonymous is anonymous because they are Anonymous. Mouthful right? It’s common knowledge that the hacktivist group has several branches in different parts of the world, operates under various aliases, and uses multiple accounts. Moreover, neither of these “Anonymous” Twitter accounts has been verified by the service.
It’s unclear whether or not this video is real; BAYC maxis have denied it, while Ryder Ripps’ devoted fans have defended it.
There are those who think the accusations are completely out of the left field, those who are waiting for the pitch deck, and those who have remained silent. Exactly who wrote this, then? Could it be that the Bored Ape Yacht Club is next on their list? What will they uncover about Bored Ape Yacht Club? We have yet to see.