It has been reported that the group’s statement included a laundry list of allegations regarding Yuga Lab’s alleged use of esoteric symbolism in BAYC’s art, which Anonymous believes shows the company's support for numerous controversial subjects, such as Nazism, racism, simianization, and pedophilia.
However, the hacktivist group alleged that after thorough research and interviews with key figures, it can confirm “without a shadow of doubt” that the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and Yuga Labs are guilty of hiding these esoteric symbols in plain sight — a conclusion the company and project both openly protest.
The report said that the group cautioned against relegating its accusations to baseless “conspiracy theory,” adding that people who do so are “simply ignorant,” or “not versed, or worse, at a financial conflict of interest.”
A representative of the internet hacktivist group shared:
“Anonymous is certain that the BAYC collection and the Yuga labs brand are infected with not one or two — but with dozens of examples of esoteric symbolism and dog whistles reflecting Nazism, Racism, Siminization, and Pedophilic support.”
The group called on investors, partners, and high-profile celebrities such as Andreessen Horowitz, Mark Cuban, Dez Bryant, Tom Brady, Ben Simmons, Neymar Junior, Kevin Hart, Drake Bell, and Shaquille O’Neal, and big brands such as Lion Tree, Adidas, and Tiffany & Co to speak up and take an official stance on the practices of Nazism, racism, simianization, and pedophilia.
Thus, Greg Solano, the Co-founder of Yuga Labs, said:
“We’ve become the target of a crazy disinformation campaign accusing us — a group of Jewish, Turkish, Pakistani, and Cuban friends — of being super-secret Nazis.”