Bored Ape Yacht Club

Wylie Aronow, one of the co-founders of Yuga Labs, has shared a statement addressing the accusations there is a Nazi image in the Bored Ape Yacht Club. Aronow is known as Gordon Goner on Crypto Twitter, and he has said that the recent accusations were a “misinformation campaign.”

BAYC founder criticizes Nazi claims

In response to some Twitter users that claimed that the co-founders of the BAYC were “super-secret Nazis,” Goner said that the accusations were “incredibly unbalanced.” Goner responded after a YouTuber posted a video alleging that they had conducted an investigation for six months linking the BAYC corporate image and the Nazi symbol.

“We’ve not responded in further detail to these allegations because frankly they are insanely far-fetched. That said, we woke up this morning to a podcaster we respect talking about this conspiracy theory, and that was pretty surreal,” Goner said.

The YouTube video has so far garnered over 900K views, and it has triggered debate among the people that have watched it. BAYC is one of the most popular NFT collections in the market, and it has attracted celebrities who want to interact with digital collectibles. It is also one of the most expensive collections in social trading platforms that deal with NFTs.

Yuga Labs co-founder opposes accusations of Nazi symbol

Goner gave a detailed thread explaining how the BAYC NFT collection was not associated with Nazism, as claimed in the YouTube video. Goner said that the BAYC project founders were diversified and included Jews, Turks, Pakistanis, and Cubans.

Goner also said that his wife was Mexican-American, arguing that it did not make sense that the BAYC project would be referred to as a Nazi movement. Goner said that the YouTube video was a “lie.” He also added that these accusations were promoted by an anti-BAYC activist known as Ryder Ripps, who copied the collection and used another name to sell it on Opensea for $3.5 million.

Goner also said that Yuga Labs derived its name from Zelda’s video game. He also talked about the contentious BAYC logo, saying that they did not pay much attention to the logo during its creation.

“We never wanted to take ourselves too seriously, so the look of the club is ramshackle and divey. Everything about the BAYC was meant to convey a spirit of irreverence and absurdity,” Goner added.


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