Online group Anonymous on Monday released a video talking about blockchain technology company Yuga Labs and the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), a non-fungible token (NFT).
The group’s statement included a long list of allegations about Yuga Lab’s alleged use of esoteric symbolism in BAYC art, which Anonymous believes indicates the company’s support for a number of controversial topics such as Nazism, racism, monkeys and pedophilia.
The hacktivist group said that after careful research and interviews with key figures, it could confirm “without reasonable doubt” that BAYC and Yuga Labs were guilty of hiding these esoteric codes in plain sight – an explicit conclusion by both companies and the project. Protest.
The group warned against turning its allegations into unsubstantiated “conspiracy theories”, adding that people who do so are “simply ignorant”, “unfamiliar or worse, embroiled in a financial conflict of interest”. A spokesperson for the Internet Activists Group said:
“Anonymous believes the BAYC group and Yuga labs are plagued by not one or two, but dozens of examples of esoteric symbols and dog whistles that reflect Nazism, racism, metaphor, and support for pedophiles.”
Anonymous suggested that the owners of this business are also victims of phishing by the Bored Ape Yacht Club and Yuga Labs, and urged the owners to speak out about their desire to protect their financial interests:
“Don’t the founders care about you any more? Many outside the BAYC community continue to whisper how you have been deceived in an unprecedented and unforgivable way.”
The group reached out to investors, partners, and famous celebrities such as Andreessen Horowitz, Mark Cuban, Des Bryant, Tom Brady, Ben Simmons, Neymar Jr., Kevin Hart, Drake Bell and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as major brands such as The Lion Tree. and Adidas and Tiffany & Co for speaking out and taking an official stand against Nazi practices, racism, monkeys and pedophilia.
On June 24, Greg Solano, co-founder of Yuga Labs, denied such allegations against his company in a Medium post, saying:
“We have been the target of a frenzied disinformation campaign accusing us – a group of Jewish, Turkish, Pakistani and Cuban friends – of being top-secret Nazis.”