As a crypto winter descends on the NFT world, celebrities drop their Bored Ape Twitter profile pictures

The relationship between the NFT community and A-list celebrities has been baffling to most. Last January, the uninitiated scratched their heads at Paris Hilton’s appearance in Jimmy Fallon plugging the Bored Ape Yacht Club. “We’re part of the same community, we’re both apes,” she told Fallon in her typically disaffected voice.

But times have changed and we are now in what is known as a crypto winter. As the art world tries to reconcile its relationship with the crypto space, so have celebrities, and Hilton and Fallon have changed their Twitter profile pictures of the Bored Apes that once bound them together. Although, to be fair, both retain the “.eth” suffix that keeps them in conversation, and Hilton continues to create NFTs of her own.

It wasn’t until January that Twitter first rolled out the feature that allowed NFT owners to make any digital artwork their profile picture, complete with its own internal verification system. Many have followed suit. However, several months later, many celebrities have dropped their non-fungible avatars, including Serena Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Lil Durk, Travis Barker, and Meek Mill.

Fallon’s change came unceremoniously, with no Tweet addressing his sailor-capped Ape which was exchanged with an old-school analog selfie from the comedian. There’s also an added irony in the timing, as the NFT NYC convention is currently taking place near Times Square, just around the corner from its stage at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

There is reason to believe that the NFT community is aware of this seismic distance. According to a viral tweets from NBC News reporter Kevin Collier, the convention may have hired a Snoop Dogg lookalike, “Doop Snogg”, to attend the festivities and boost the prestige of the convention.

“I’m at the NFT NYC conference again in Times Square, and Snoop walked by, flanked by security. I grabbed his master, said I was a reporter, would like a few minutes,” Collier wrote. “The guy actually said he was an impersonator, you can’t legally say that’s him, they hired him to create excitement.”

The question remains whether is this further evidence that the crypto-sphere is increasingly isolated from other facets of culture, or if this is just another symptom of a changing mood. most important ?

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