Artist fires back at Bored Ape lawsuit with racism accusations

Posted on AllSides August 15th, 2022
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Artist Ryder Ripps asked a Los Angeles federal court to stop a trademark lawsuit brought against him by the maker of the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club non-fungible tokens, arguing Monday that his NFTs of the apes were a type of "appropriation art" meant as criticism and protected by the First Amendment.

Ripps doubled down on his allegations that the NFTs contain coded racist imagery, and called Yuga Lab Inc's lawsuit an attempt to "silence an artist who used his craft to call out a multi-billion-dollar company built on racist and neo-Nazi...

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