Vitalik Buterin Slams Celebrity Memecoins, Calls for Meaningful Crypto Projects

by BSC News

June 5, 2024


Buterin outlined key features for respectable crypto projects, including public good goals, engaging mechanics, and longevity.

Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum's co-founder, has expressed concerns about the surge in celebrity-backed meme coins, urging the crypto community to focus on projects that provide genuine value. 

This discussion has become more prominent following the release of Mother Iggy (MOTHER) by Australian rapper and model Iggy Azalea. The launch has sparked significant debate and interest within the crypto space.


Buterin highlighted past projects that align more closely with his vision for meaningful cryptocurrency endeavors. 


He mentioned Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis's Stoner Cats project, which funded an animated series. Unlike many current meme coins, this initiative provided tangible value and showcased the potential for cryptocurrencies to support creative and impactful projects.

Recent Celebrity Memecoin Mania

The memecoin market has grown rapidly, with nearly half a million tokens created on the Solana blockchain in May alone. Celebrities like Iggy Azalea, Caitlyn Jenner, and Rich the Kid have launched their tokens, leveraging their large followings to boost initial valuations.


The memecoin market is rife with risks, including "pump and dump" schemes. Promoter Sahil Arora was banned from X after being accused of orchestrating such schemes with several celebrity tokens. These scams typically involve launching tokens, having celebrities endorse them, and then selling off holdings to crash the price, leaving investors with significant losses..

The Need for Meaningful Projects

Buterin emphasized the importance of developing projects that offer more than just financial speculation. 

"The north star should be: to have a project where even if eventually all tokens involved go to zero, the average person who participated is happy to have done so," he stated on X, formerly known as Twitter. 

He advocates for crypto projects that support broader societal goals, such as advancements in healthcare, open-source software, and the arts.

Key Features of Respectable Crypto Projects

Buterin outlined several key attributes that he believes would make celebrity-backed crypto projects more respectable:


1. Public Good Objectives: Projects should aim to benefit the public, whether through charity, funding the arts, or supporting social causes. This approach ensures that the project has a purpose beyond personal enrichment.


2. Engaging Mechanics: Beyond simple trading, projects should include interactive features or community involvement that add intrinsic value and enjoyment for participants.


3. Sustainability: Projects should be designed to last at least a decade, ensuring they have a long-term impact rather than being short-lived financial schemes.


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