They’ve been snapped up by megastars like Madonna, will be featured in an upcoming animated series, and are practically the public face of the NFT sector. With all these and more, it is safe to say that the Bored Ape Yacht Club has gotten a lot of attention over the years.
Now, it seems the collection has gotten the attention of anonymous, a popular hacktivist group. This comes as the group sent out a public message on its Twitter account on August 14, 2022, to the Bored Ape Club.
The Bored Ape Under Investigation?
So, why is perhaps the most famous hacktivist group in the world investigating an NFT collection? Well, this all stems from age-old allegations of the Bored Ape founders and the imagery of the NFTs having some Nazi connections.
Founding members of the Bored Ape Club have denounced these claims repeatedly, with one even going into detail about the meaning of the collection’s names and symbols. A public refute has even been launched against the person who first started these allegations. But regardless, these rumours have persisted and now, Anonymous have said that they will be investigating them in a newly-released video.
“This is a friendly message for enthusiasts of the NFT collection Bored Ape Yacht Club. It has come to our attention that many of you may not be fully aware of the ongoing accusations involving the collection and its representative art,” the video states, noting that the group wants to open a discussion regarding the collection.
In what will allegedly take several months, Anonymous intends to investigate all the claims made about the Bored Ape Club, including accusations of racism and Nazi affiliations. The findings of this investigation, the video assures, will be made public and also revealed to Bored Ape collectors.
This is perhaps one of the first times that Anonymous has gotten themselves concerned with an NFT collection. Some of the group’s most recent public statements were in 2020 during the Black Lives Matter protests, as well as hacking into Russian TV channels in 2022. The group, which is perhaps the most famous hacktivist collective on the planet, getting involved in NFTs might come as a surprise to some.
While these allegations have been denied by the team behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club multiple times, it will be interesting to see what, if anything, is uncovered by Anonymous.
Being as profitable and popular as it is, the Bored Ape Club was bound to run into some controversy, from criticism of its artistic integrity to its collectors being targeted. But the accusations of racist Nazi affiliations are perhaps the biggest controversy that follows the collection.
So big that the top hacktivist group in the world has gotten involved. This new investigation could go either way; it might, for once and for all, vindicate the Ape club and its founders. Alternatively, it could be the catalyst for the Bored Ape Yacht Club’s biggest scandal of all time.