The relationship between the NFT community and A-list celebrities was confusing for most. This January, uninformed people scratched Paris Hilton’s head appearance about Jimmy Fallon who includes the Bored Ape yacht club. “We are part of the same community, we are both monkeys,” she told Fallon in her essentially dissatisfied voice.
But times have changed and we are now in what is called a crypto winter. As the art world tries to reconcile his relationship with cryptospace, so do celebrities, and Hilton and Fallon changed their photos on their Twitter profile from the Annoying Monkeys that once united them. Although, to be honest, they both maintain the suffix “.eth” which makes them part of the conversation, and Hilton is still creating their NFTs.
It was only in January that Twitter first introduced a feature that allowed NFT owners to make their digital artwork of their choice as a profile picture, with their own internal verification system. Many followed suit. However, a few months later, many celebrities left their unique avatars, including Serena Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Lil Durk, Travis Barker and Meek Mill.
Fallon’s change came without ceremony, and no tweets addressed to his monkey with a sailor’s hat have been replaced by an old, analog comedian selfie. There’s also an added sense of irony over time, as the NFT NYC convention is currently being held near Times Square, just around the corner from his stage at Rockefeller Plaza 30.
There is reason to believe that the NFT community is aware of this seismic distancing. According to a viral Tweet from NBC News reporter Kevin Collier, the convention may have hired Snoop Dogg looking like “Doop Snogg,” to attend the festivities and inflate the prestige of the convention.
“I’m at the NFT NYC conference in Times Square again, and Snoop walked past him, accompanied by security. I grabbed his guide, said I was a journalist, I would like a few minutes, ”Collier wrote. “The guy said it was actually an imitator, legally I can’t say it’s him, they hired him to cause excitement.”
The question remains whether this is another proof that the cryptosphere is increasingly being shielded from other aspects of culture or is it just another symptom of a larger vibe shift?
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