The largest target for the hacktivist group called Anonymous is Bored Ape Yacht Club or for short, BAYC. On 14th August, the group posted a video on Twitter stating they will be looking into the several allegations made against BAYC which includes racism, simianism, Nazism and occultism. But NFT Twitter is questioning the authenticity of the video and here’s what you need to know about the message to BAYC.
What Was The Message To BAYC NFT Holders?
It has come to Anonymous attention that the traits of the NFT collection were accused of having racism, simianism, occultism and even pedophilia elements. In the video, they said, “As we navigate through the curated research that openly ties the artwork to these accusations, we can’t help but wonder why none of these accusations have actually been put to rest.”
The group also added that while they are aware of Yuga Labs response, they have not come across anything labelled as unrefuted. It was further said that Anonymous would like to have an open discussion regarding the BAYC NFT collection. This is them trying to be thorough with their investigation and not produce half-measures information.
It was also mentioned that this investigation could take a few months to properly look into the “heinous accusations”. Anonymous said, “BAYC Collectors and enthusiasts, we feel empathy for what you may be going through right now. Even just allegations can be truly unsettling but the thought of even one of these allegations being true, must be intolerable to think of.”
Ryder Ripps’ Accusation Against BAYC
The BAYC allegations started early this year in January, when Ryder Ripps claimed that Yuga Labs founders have deep links to alt-right 4chan meme culture. Not only that, he pointed out that the NFT collection had elements of racism, particularly BAYC’s logo as similar to the Nazi Totenkopf Emblem. He even set up a website called Gordongoner.com to detail the issues with BAYC.
As a response, Yuga Labs released multiple statements denying accusation and further by filing a lawsuit against Ryder Ripps for false advertising, trademark infringement, unjust enrichment and misleading consumers.
Was It Really Anonymous Behind The Video?
Not long after the group’s message for BAYC, the legitimacy of the video were questioned by many users in the NFT community. BookSweepers claimed that the Twitter account that posted the video and also the link to Instagram and YouTube pages are fake.
It is important to note that the real Anonymous Twitter account @YourAnonNews has over 7.9 million followers, while the Twitter account used to post the video only has 14,100 followers.
If you’re a close follower of the real Anonymous Twitter page, you may remember them calling out a DeFi token that the fake account shilled a few months back. You will also know that they are not on Facebook, TikTok or even YouTube.
Some community members have also alleged that the video is from Ripps himself. Jay-Albert.eth tweeted saying, “From what I’ve seen, they don’t record camera angles from different views of the speaker, He also sounds similar to Ryder and team to me. I think it’s fake.” To keep up with upcoming NFT projects, follow our NFT calendar.