Bored Ape Yacht Club’s founder criticizes the campaign alleging Nazi symbolism in the BAYC


One of Yuga Labs’ cofounders released a comment regarding claims that the Bored Ape Yacht Club included disguised Nazi imagery.

Wylie Aronow, a.k.a. Gordon Goner, a.k.a. the cofounder of Yuga Labs, the company that created the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) line, took to Twitter on June 24 to respond to the “misinformation campaign” that claimed he and his colleagues were super-secret Nazis.

After a YouTube user posted an hour-long video of an alleged 6-month investigation documenting what he believes is a connection between the BAYC corporate image and the nazi symbolism, Goner claimed that even though he had previously paid attention to what he called “incredibly unbalanced” accusations, he had not responded as thoroughly as he did today.

The video has received close to 900,000 views and has sparked a lot of discussion among viewers.

Jews, Turks, Pakistanis, and Cubans are Bored Ape Yacht Club members

Goner introduced his post by stating that a group of Jewish, Turkish, Pakistani, and Cuban buddies are the BAYC founders. Even the Mexican-American wife of Goner is one. He contends that it would be absurd to assume that the Bored Ape Yacht Club or any of its members have any connection to the Nazi movement.

All of these allegations, according to Goner, are a “fiction” spread by anti-BAYC activist Ryder Ripps, who copied his NFT collection under a different name and made approximately $3.5 million in sales on OpenSea before having his account terminated for infringement of intellectual property.

Ryder Ripps describes himself as an artist, satirist, and phunk and now has 29K followers on Twitter. His account has a thread that contains his charges against Goner.

A Group Of Generous Gamers Started Yuga Labs

Goner pointed out that Yuga Labs was called after a villain from the video game Zelda who can turn himself and his pals into 2D art, which made sense given the NFT collection they planned to develop. He also highlighted that he and his buddies were a group of nerds who enjoyed MMORPG games like Warcraft.

He assured that everything about BAYC was developed in a spirit “of irreverence and absurdity” and said that they never intended for people to take the BAYC emblem so seriously, which is why the aesthetic itself is “ramshackle and dive-y.” which contrasts sharply with Ripps’ opinions.

Even the email Goner sent to the logo designer, in which he claimed that the club’s design was influenced by his love of punk, skateboarding, navy flags, etc., was uploaded online by Goner. Nothing relating to the Nazis was ever mentioned.

Eminem and Snoop Dog just dropped a video in which they transform into two of their very own tired apes as they start to sing. Whether or not BAYC is controversial, it continues to be the collection of choice for celebrities and socialites.


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