The Bad: Heroes & Tyrants
Quotes in this article were taken from a defunct project website that now redirects to Heroes & Tyrants. The original COVID Bad People site is still readable through the Wayback Machine.
Revelle’s shirts. Screenshot from his Instagram.
When I first investigated the project, OpenSea only showed six owners between two Heroes & Tyrants collections, and most of that ownership resulted from transfers as opposed to sales–evidently the greater NFT space did not see value in Revelle’s choice to style each public figure in the manner of the anti-semetic lizard people conspiracy. And while there is plenty to critique about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, depicting him as a racist caricature of a black man perhaps alienated viewers from the project, too. The name was changed to Heroes and Tyrants to reflect new NFTs in the collection, ones highlighting people seen as heroes of the movement like Alex Jones, whose crowning achievement is being the subject of this meme. Only time will tell if this draws followers of these extremist figures to the project.
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