bitcoin 2021, a two-day conference in miami dedicated to all things bitcoin (and just bitcoin), was the scene of some truly weird moments.
It turns out that some of the 50,000 attendees, who traveled from all over the world to talk about the first and largest cryptocurrency, feel really strongly about it and have no reservations about expressing themselves to the fullest. possible terms.
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In the fight for decentralized finance, tears have been shed, bones have been bruised, and egos have been shattered. here are our top five wtf moments, ranked in no particular order of rarity.
1. max keizer shouts “we are not selling! fuck elon!”
max keizer, host of the “keiser report” podcast, began his session with microstrategy CEO michael saylor yelling “we’re not selling! dammit elon!” several times, waving his arms violently and stretching out his hands. seams of his luminescent white suit.
elon musk had tweeted a broken heart emoji on Friday and a meme implying that he had broken with bitcoin, as well as the cryptocurrency’s ardent supporters. that tweet sank the price of bitcoin by about 5%.
To add insult to injury, Musk cryptically launched a cryptocurrency called cumrocket just as bitcoin began to crash. this doubled the price of the coin, which powers a cult adult content network. Musk then changed his profile picture to an anime woman with lasers for eyes, a meme spawned by bitcoiners who want the price to hit $100,000, but that didn’t noticeably affect bitcoin’s price.
keiser is the fifth most influential bitcoiner, according to social media analytics company lunacrash. Some commenters noted that Kaiser’s high-energy Musk performance gave off similar vibes as BitConnect man Carlos Matos. This was far from flattering, as BitConnect later turned out to be a scam and the SEC has charged its five promoters for raising $2 billion from unregistered security offerings.
2. floyd mayweather accomplices ethereummax
undefeated boxing champion floyd mayweather appeared at bitcoin 2021 wearing a t-shirt with the ethereummax (emax) logo, which closely resembles the ethereum (eth) logo.
ethereummax, a new and relatively minor ethereum-based token that traded $16 million in volume over the past day, is sponsoring mayweather’s Sunday night fight with youtuber-turned-boxer logan paul.
by the time mayweather took the stage, he had already exchanged his emax t-shirt for one promoting 50 carats, his jewelry business.
things got really ugly between mayweather and the crowd quickly once he blurted out during his speech the last thing bitcoin maximalists wanted to hear at a dedicated bitcoin conference: “i think there will be another cryptocurrency that will be as big as bitcoin someday.”
which prompted immediate boos from the audience. it was unclear if he was referring to ethereum, its sponsor ethereummax, or perhaps…dogecoin?
3. member of the dogecoin army interrupts the scene
On the second day of the conference, a fan jumped onto the stage and ripped open his suit to reveal the dogecoin logo, a giant shiba inu head. “dogecoin to the moon”, he managed to shout before being escorted off the stage.
twitter user @maxotg_ claimed to be behind the hack. he could not be reached for comment at press time.
dogecoin is a joke coin created in 2013 to make fun of bitcoin derivatives. since then, it has made its way into the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap. its ardent supporters, known as the dogecoin army, are known to pump the coin from time to time through coordinated efforts. Dogecoin’s success has also been bolstered by Elon Musk, who compared it to Bitcoin.
4. jack dorsey is ambushed by a far right activist
Anti-big tech activist Laura Loomer interrupted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey during his interview with Alex Gladstein, a Bitcoin advocate who heads strategy for the Human Rights Foundation.
loomer confronted dorsey for being a “giant hypocrite on censorship and free speech” and “interfering” with people’s rights, an apparent contradiction since bitcoin is about freedom, as he later said in a youtube video.
twitter banned loomer in november 2018 after her tweet about minnesota representative ilhan omar went viral. In the tweet, Loomer claimed that Omar’s faith, Islam, condones homophobia and the abuse of women. Later that month, Loomer handcuffed himself outside Twitter’s New York office and yelled, “Twitter is defending Sharia law when I get banned for tweeting facts about Sharia law.”
According to an audio recording discovered by the angrywhitemen.org blog in March, Loomer said in a December 2017 interview that he is “for white nationalism” and is not opposed to an “ethno-state” for whites. Last month, the clubhouse also banned Loomer after she called herself “the most banned woman in the world,” just 12 hours after her first appearance in a chat room to discuss censorship. /p>
5. bitcoiners take selfies with dumpsters full of Venezuelan cash
cake wallet, an open source wallet primarily for the privacy currency monero, filled a dumpster outside the event’s main hall with wads of venezuela’s unfortunate national currency, the bolivar. one dollar is worth about 309.5 billion Venezuelan bolivars, so each bill in the dump is worth much less than the paper it is printed on.
The marketing stunt had the desired effect: Bitcoiners took proud selfies with the stacks of devalued paper. cracking eic dan roberts managed to snap a photo of a man sitting on the edge of the dumpster wearing a t-shirt that proclaims “inflation is coming.” The annual inflation rate in Venezuela is 2,428% and in the United States it is 4.2%. not us dollars went to the dump.