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Bored Ape Yacht Club Co-Founder Addresses Accusations of the Collection Hiding Nazi Imagery

Yuga Labs co-founder debunks Nazi conspiracy surrounding BAYC
Yuga Labs co-founder debunks Nazi conspiracy surrounding BAYC

Yuga Labs recently broke their silence after constant bombing and accusations of using Nazi symbolism hidden at the Bored Ape Yacht Club.

Wylie Aronow, also known as Gordon Goner, is the co-founder of the startup Yuga Labs behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club collection. Finally, he addressed claims that Yuga Labs was putting Nazi imagery into the popular NFT collection.

The answer comes after a YouTuber posted a lengthy video documenting what he believes is a connection between the NFT collection and Nazi symbolism.

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As he cleared the conspiracy earlier, Goner offered a more substantive version of his recent post, saying:

“We’ve not responded in further detail to these allegations because frankly they are insanely far-fetched,” he explained. 

“That said, we woke up this morning to a podcaster we respect talking about this conspiracy theory and that was pretty surreal.”

The video garnered hundreds of thousands of views (although it cannot currently be found online), sparking a debate among viewers.

Gordon Goner pointed out that the founders of the Bored Ape Yacht Club were made up of people of Jewish, Turkish, Pakistani and Cuban descent, debunking the idea that the collection and its members were involved in the Nazi movement.

The conspiracies and allegations were promoted by anti-BAYC activist Ryder Ripps, who pinned a thread of his allegations on his Twitter account.

Ripps had previously made a copy of the NFT Collection under a different name and sold nearly $3.5 million on OpenSea before his account was suspended.

Goner explained that startup Yuga Labs is named after a villain from the Legend of Zelda games. The character had the ability to transform into 2D art, the primary art style included in Bored Ape Yacht Club.

The BAYC logo has been accused of having links to a Nazi image, but Goner explained that it was never intended as a serious design. He backed up his statement with an email to the designer of the logo, citing punk and skateboard culture as inspiration for the design.

Despite the claims, the Bored Ape Yacht Club remains one of the most popular NFT collections.

Rappers Eminem and Snoop Dogg recently released a video of the Ape NFTs they own singing.

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