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The unofficial Twitter account of Anonymous Legion accused the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection of nazism, racism, occultism, and simianism. On August 14, the alleged hacktivist group published a dedicated video on an unofficial Anonymous Twitter account.
“As we navigate through the curated research that openly ties the artwork to these accusations, with example after example, we can’t help but wonder why none of these accusations have actually been put to rest,” says the anonymous individual in the video. “Anonymous wants to take the time to open a discussion about the BAYC collection, along with the awareness of enthusiasts and the intent of its creators.”
The style of the video is very similar to the original Anonymous Legion messages. However, several Twitter users have presumed that artist Ryder Ripps was behind the video. In addition, the Anonymous account which is followed by eight million people has not published the video.
On the other hand, it’s worth noting that individuals who claim Anonymous to be Ripps have the Bored Ape Yacht Club profile pictures.
Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT project, created by Yuga Labs, was previously accused of racism and nazism. Ryder Ripps, an American conceptual artist, creative director, and programmer, was the first person to share the disturbing similarities between BAYC traits and Nazi imagery.
Further, YouTube fitness blogger Philion joined the research. In June this year, he shared an hour of video sequences that highlights the Bored Apes’ imagery and Nazi references behind it.
Additionally, in May, Ryder Ripps created an NFT collection dubbed “RR/BAYC,” which is an exact copy of the original Bored Ape Yacht Club collection. On June 24, BAYC sued Ripps for false advertising, cybersquatting, alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition.
At the moment of writing, the legal battle goes on.
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