Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, updated his Twitter profile image to a mosaic of BAYC (Bored Ape Yacht Club) NFTs.
Elon Musk’s new profile photo featured a gold-furred chimp wearing blue transparent spectacles, Bored Ape #5809, and other Bored Ape images. Musk’s profile photo was an advertising collage developed for a September 2021 Sotheby’s bidding of 101 Bored Ape NFTs.
Musk does not appear to own any of the NFTs mentioned above but maybe mocking the Bored Ape club. A frequently leveled criticism is that anybody can simply download or screenshot an NFT online and keep it without purchasing it.
This incident has not prevented the Ethereum address associated with the Bored Ape from being deluged with NFTs sent by aspirants attempting to garner the Tesla CEO’s interest.
Musk, whose Twitter following exceeds 90 million, then appeared to joke about using this commercial collage as a PFP, writing, “I dunno… seems to be rather malleable.”
Shortly after Musk changed the image, Michael Bouhanna, the modern art specialist at Sotheby’s, rushed to Twitter to call musk out for using it. Bouhanna stated that he produced the image in anticipation of Sotheby’s $24 million sale of 101 Bored Apes in September 2021, among which is Ape 5809.
“As much as I respect your work, I’d like you to delete the PFP that I prepared for our Sotheby’s auction,” Michael tweeted. ” Otherwise, you credit me,”
Bouhanna composed the text, which included emojis. “I’d be pleased to provide you with the original file minted with the buyer’s permission.”
Elon Musk has a lengthy history of dabbling with the crypto Twitter community, particularly trolling users and sharing memes that traditionally inflated Dogecoin’s price.
In this instance, he tweeted a famous remark by skeptics of NFTs (non-fungible tokens), stating, “I dunno… seems kinda fungible.”
Josh Ong, a prominent Bored Ape NFT holder, Josh Ong tweeted, “Twitter owner right-click saved us,” implying that Twitter owner Elon just downloaded the image and did not actually own it.
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