Yuga Labs recently broke its silence after constant bombardment. Also accusations of using hidden Nazi symbolism in the Bored Ape Yacht Club.
Wylie Aronow, also known as Gordon Goner, is a co-founder of the startup behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club collection. He finally addressed the claims that Yuga Labs was inserting Nazi imagery into the popular NFT collection.
The response comes after a YouTuber put up a lengthy video documenting. What he believes is a link between the NFT collection and Nazi symbolism.
While he previously cleared the air before, Goner offered a more substantial take in his recent message, saying:
Recent decisions on Metaverse’s goals are understand as an effort to scale in the face of escalating opposition.
“That said, we woke up this morning to a podcaster. We respect talking about this conspiracy theory and that was pretty surreal.”
Although it is currently unavailable online. The film is able to garner hundreds of thousands of views and spark discussion among viewers.
Gordon Goner pointed out how the Bored Ape Yacht Club’s founders consisted of people of Jewish, Turkish, Pakistani, and Cuban descent. Putting off any notion that the collection and its members were involve with the Nazi movement.
Ryder Ripps, an anti-BAYC activist, spread the conspiracies and allegations by pinning a thread of his charges on his Twitter account.
Before having his account suspension. Ripps earlier made a clone of the NFT collection under a different identity and selling it for about $3.5 million on OpenSea.
Goner explained that the startup Yuga Labs took its name from a villain from the Legend of Zelda games.
The character had the ability to transform into 2D art, the primary art style that the Bored Ape Yacht Club incorporates.
The BAYC logo was accused of holding ties with a Nazi image. But Goner explained that it was never meant to be a serious design. He reinforced his explanation with an email to the logo designer citing punk and skateboarding culture among the inspirations for the design.
Regardless of the accusations, the Bored Ape Yacht Club remains one of the most popular NFT collections.
Artists Eminem and Snoop Dogg recently released a video that featured the Ape NFTs they own singing.