Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

BAYC caught in a storm of public opinion

I believe that whether it is an OG who has been in the encryption circle for a long time, or a novice who has just entered the circle, the name BAYC will not be unfamiliar. Even in the cold winter of NFT, BAYC still has a market value of $1,716,537,043.03 (data from NFTGO) and a floor price of nearly 100 ETHs. At the same time, it has also derived a series of popular IPs such as MAYC and Otherside. As the leader of the NFT track, BAYC has created too many legends.

In recent days, BAYC has been on the cusp again, but this time not because of its shocking price hikes or major commercial moves, but because of some rather sensitive and negative topics.

On June 21, YouTuber Philip Rusnack released a video accusing BAYC of using Nazi patterns and pursuing white supremacy in NFT image design. He claimed the BAYC imagery was modeled on racist cartoons that smeared black and Asian people, and compared the symbols and language used by Yuga Labs and BAYC to the Nazi Totenkopf emblem. Rusnack called on his viewers to send their BAYC holdings to the black hole address for destruction.

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

Mark Pitcavage, a senior fellow at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Center for Extremism, sees no connection between BAYC’s logo and Totenkopf, but agrees that some of these NFTs’ characteristics and attributes are questionable, such as the “hip-hop” feature with the gold chain and “Sushi chef headband” is a stereotype of black culture and Japanese, respectively.

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

But no matter what the result is, this incident has sparked extensive discussions in Europe and the United States, and even celebrities who used BAYC NFT as their social media avatars, such as NBA star Curry, have also changed their avatars.

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

Nazi dog whistle? racism?

And for this incident, there is one person that cannot be ignored, and he is Ryder Ripps.

Ryder Ripps has been investigating BAYC and its creator Yuga Labs since December 2021. Through months of in-depth research, Ryder Ripps and other community members discovered a broad connection between BAYC and Internet Nazi troll culture.

BAYC’s ape figures come in a variety of costumes and traits, most of which Ryder Ripps believes are ethnically oriented, or refer to some type of military history.

History has a notorious term “Simianization” which refers to the derogatory comparison of members of a certain race or minority to an ape or a monkey. This practice has been around for hundreds of years, and its purpose is to justify violence and racism against another group by comparing the referent to apes.

Simianization has occurred in a large number of ethnic groups such as Jews, Irish and Asians, but it is mainly used as a strategy against black people. Even today, such practices, such as the brutality of throwing bananas at black football players on the field, have not been eradicated.

And Ryder Ripps believes that Yuga Labs is racially discriminating against Asian people and black people in a Simianization manner through BAYC. At the same time, Ryder Ripps believes that the Yuga Labs team deliberately embedded Nazi dog whistles throughout the project with ulterior motives. And listed more than a dozen pieces of evidence to prove that he was not just talking.

The hard evidence of Ryder Ripps

The evidence listed by Ryder Ripps is as follows:

1. The BAYC emblem looks very similar to the Nazi Totenkopf emblem and even contains the same number of teeth – 18 – on the skull. The number 18 has deep roots with Adolf Hitler (18 is Adolf Hitler’s white supremacist alphanumeric code 1=A, 8=H).

In addition to this, both logos have a ragged edge, which is very rare among other round logos.

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

2. BAYC was started by a company called Yuga Labs, and Kali Yuga is a popular element of alt-right/traditionalist ideology. Yuga Labs strives to embed the name of traditionalist philosopher René Guénon, alt-right icon elements, apes and other elements into the NFT.

René Guénon is credited with introducing Kali Yuga into Western thought. Not to mention the word ape, a well-known racial slur.

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

3. One of the co-founders of BAYC calls himself Gargamel, a name derived from the Smurfs, widely recognized as the opposite of Jewish, and a common term used to discuss Jews on 4chan (a community known as the “dark corners of the Internet”) .

Gargamel, whose real name is Greg Solano, was a writer whose undergraduate thesis was on Nazi fiction and expressed interest in incorporating characters like Hans Wright (an SS officer) into his writing.

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

4. Another co-founder of BAYC, Emperor Tomato Ketchup, was named after a 1971 explicit film that featured a boy in a fascist uniform raping an adult bride. The original film is banned in the United States and other countries on the grounds of child pornography.

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

5. One of BAYC’s co-founders calls himself Gordon Goner, which sounds pretty similar to Drongo (Gordon) Negro (Goner), which is common 4chan and Australian slang for stupid. So the meaning of the name can be understood as “stupid black people”.

Gordon Goners, whose real name is Wylie Aronow, has almost no information about him online. But Ryder Ripps claimed to be able to find someone who knew him and said “I have no doubt that they are crypto-fascists”.

6. The last co-founder of BAYC is SASS. The SA (Sturmabteilung) was the original paramilitary faction of the Nazi party, while the SS (Schutzstaffel) was the main paramilitary Nazi faction. So his name SASS combines the two main military branches of the Nazis.

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

7. BAYC’s video games and Rolling Stones’ covers feature rats, a common anti-Semitic association. The game also features bananas arranged to look like swastikas, the meaning of which is believed to require little explanation

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

8. On the Yuga Labs website, they stated that another NFT series, The Hashmasks, was a good inspiration. Hashmasks are made by Swiss company Suum Cuique Labs, a phrase the Nazis used on the gates of Buchenwald concentration camp. And this sentence is also used on the face of the Prussian helmet in the BAYC series. Yuga Labs is inspired by Suum Cuique Labs and even their terms of service are taken from Suum Cuique Labs.

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

9. The symbols, content and attitudes of the BAYC images themselves have references to neo-Nazi ideas and warfare, such as the “Prussian helmet”. Many of the more specific features are similar to 4chan, a community known as the “dark corners of the internet.”

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

10. BAYC co-founder Gargamel admitted in an interview that nothing in the collection of BAYC NFTs is “random”, they all have hidden cryptographic meanings, and cited the “iceberg theory” to illustrate. In the same interview, Gargamel quoted Ludwig Wittgenstein’s famous quote “Let the ineffable be conveyed in the ineffable.”

As for other meanings? They haven’t explained it yet and seem very evasive. Below is the complete Gargamel quote:

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

11. “The Otherside”, another project under Yuga Labs, and the Bored Ape Yacht Club itself were officially launched on April 30, the day Hitler died.

12. In the Otherside virtual plot held by BAYC co-founder Emperor Tomato Ketchup, there is a character named “Stone Hole Jackson”, referring to the Confederate general “Stonewall Jackson”.

When this evidence came out, it was shocking. At present, it is still unknown what the facts are, but from my own perspective, after reading these contents, I already have some inclinations. For these evidences, Yuga Labs must respond positively and comprehensively, otherwise the future web3 may no longer have a place to stand.

BAYC’s Copyright Loophole

In addition to collecting and publishing the above-mentioned evidence, Ryder Ripps also created the RR/BAYC series of NFTs, which have a total of 10,000 NFTs, and their external image is almost the same as that of BAYC.

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

According to the usual situation, this kind of imitation disk-like approach should only lead to the removal of the shelves. As Opensea is a highly centralized trading market, the delisting should be extremely rapid this time.

But what is unexpected is that RR/BAYC did not usher in the imagined delisting (to be precise, it was first delisted and then restored). At the same time, on June 21st, the transaction volume of RR/BAYC within 24h directly surpassed the two leading players of BAYC and CryptoPunks, topping the Opensea 24h transaction volume list, and its floor price once exceeded 1 ETH. This is undoubtedly a slap in the face of BAYC.

Nazi dog whistle? racism? How should BAYC respond to the storm of public opinion?

The price takeoff of RR/BAYC can illustrate two problems:

1. BAYC’s own copyright is problematic. Because the current operation team of BAYC does not include the creator of the monkey image, it cannot enjoy the complete copyright. Naturally, there is no way to request the removal of RR/BAYC. For example, BAYC can prohibit others from appropriating its image, but it cannot prevent others from drawing the same thing as itself.

2. RR/BAYC can be regarded as a challenge to Yuga Labs by Ryder Ripps. The take-off of its price actually reflects the public’s attitude towards this matter. Regarding racism and the Nazi dog whistle, Yuga Labs had to respond head-on.

Epilogue

The encryption circle is indeed not peaceful recently.

It was thought that defoaming the crypto market and institutional assets would be the main theme of the next bear market. Unexpectedly followed, there is the problem of someone smuggling private goods and coercing ideology.

However, whether it is to de-bubble at the capital level, or to find out the rats in the crowd is by no means a bad thing. This shows that the crypto market is moving forward under supervision, and the direction of movement is also full of positive meaning, so all of this makes me feel that the future is promising.

The bear market is long, but don’t lose faith, investing can never be just a sprint, patiently dormant, crypto and us will all see the light of day.

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