‘The OC’ and ‘Gotham’ Star Implores Celebrities to Stop Selling Crypto to Fans


NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Ben McKenzie attends the Tribeca TV Festival Gotham Preview at Cinépolis Chelsea on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Tribeca TV Festival)

The cryptocurrency has been the source of incessant news for the past year, with more and more versions being released, garnering major media attention in the process.

This trend has seen celebrities controversially promote and endorse various online projects, ranging from cryptocurrencies to NFTs. However, a very unexpected name has become a vocal opponent of cryptocurrencies.

Ben McKenzie has had a long acting career, getting his big break on the popular drama the ocwhere he played the role of Ryan Atwood, launching him into teen heartthrob status and ultimately stardom.

From there, he would go on to star in many stage shows, movies, and television series, most notably playing a young James Gordon in the fan-favorite Batman. prequel Gotham city

The 43-year-old has now waded into the cryptocurrency discussion, co-writing an article for Board with Jacob Silverman, the journalist best known for his 2015 book Terms of Service: Social Networks and the Price of Constant Connection.

In the article, titled “Celebrity Crypto Shilling Is a Moral Disaster,” McKenzie criticized Kim Kardashian and celebrities in general for promoting a cryptocurrency to their social media followers.

“Encouraging his 251 million Instagram followers to engage in a highly volatile speculative market that is little different than gambling at the world’s most fraudulent casino. The Hollywoodization of cryptocurrencies is a moral disaster. And for celebrity fans, who probably have a lot less money to lose, it’s also potentially financial.

These rich and famous entertainers could very well be promoting payday loans or seating their audiences at a rigged blackjack table. While the wild swings of cryptocurrencies may be exciting for some, the rewards for many are illusory, especially once one gets past the top few cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Since then, McKenzie and Silverman have written more articles on crypto for the same publication. These include a deep immersion in the nature of and problems with Tether, one of the so-called “stablecoins” at the heart of much of the crypto economy. They have also broken down some terrible celebrity NFT projectsand another describing New York Mayor Eric Adams’ decision to take his paycheck in Bitcoin as “an embarrassingly stupid move.”

However, these articles will not be the last words of McKenzie and Silverman on the matter. The two are working together on a book looking at the crypto industry and fraud, but it does not yet have a confirmed publication date.


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