Bored Ape Yacht Club Accused Of Burning Viewers Eyes At NFT Art Event

URL copied to clipboard.
Loading the player...

Bored Ape Yacht Club is a non-fungible token (NFT) collection built on the Ethereum blockchain. The now many iterations of the high profile cartoon are what sparked the public interest in NFTs at large, and continue to rake in high profile investors. The NFT era marked a new iteration of big tech investing, focused entirely in a new art form. Now, investors in the collection who attended the ApeFest festival report burned corneas and vision problems after viewing the exhibition.

The organization is composed of those who have invested in a collection of 10,000 NFTs featuring computer-generated profile pictures of the now instantly recognizable cartoon ape. The event this year was held in Hong Kong, and attendees first reported severe eye pain via social media. An X user named Crypto June was among the first few to come forth about the pain they experienced, reporting that they required hospitalization.

Aside from the pain, numerous festivalgoers report vision problems as a result of the intense stage lighting at the show. One user claimed that a doctor told them that the intense lighting bore the same effects as real UV rays from the sun, and could result in permanent eye damage.

Also in the X thread, others alleged that they experienced skin burns from the lights.

ADVERTISEMENT

While some unharmed members of the Bored Apes continue to share images from the festival, others reflect upon what this incident could mean for the NFT industry at large.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 20: Billboards display Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT art in Times Square during the 4th annual NFT.NYC conference on June 20, 2022 in New York City. The four-day event will feature 1,500 speakers from the crypto and NFT space and will host over 14,000 attendees.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 20: Billboards display Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT art in Times Square during the 4th annual NFT.NYC conference on June 20, 2022 in New York City. The four-day event will feature 1,500 speakers from the crypto and NFT space and will host over 14,000 attendees. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Social Media Reactions To Apegate

After the allegations of vision defects and eye injuries emerged on X, TikTok users following the tech industry quickly offered commentary on the situation. Many expressed that the situation was simply a harsh reflection at the absurdity of the Bored Ape phenomenon as a whole. Millions of dollars have been poured into the NFT industry because of the simple cartoon design.

@imcodyjacob

you paid all that money to look at something and nowโ€ฆ #boredapeyachtclub #boredape #nft #nftartwork #apefest #freakaccident #nftart #bayc

โ™ฌ original sound – Cody Jacob ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ

Engineers chimed in to offer a technical explanation for the eye sensitivity festivalgoers are experiencing. One TikTok user pointed out that laser lights should never be set up at eye level, and UV light bulbs should not appear in commercial settings.ย  The long exposure to the harsh lights without protective eyewear is what some suspect caused the alleged health issues.

@spirestarter

#Inverted #greenscreen Blue light hazard, laser safety and exposure to all kinds of light, especially at events like this Bored Ape Yacht Club event that just made the news are no joke! Hereโ€™s a little about how #illumination pros categorize and measure risks associated with blue light exposure. #bluelighthazard #boredape #photokeratitis #boredapeyachtclub

โ™ฌ original sound – Spire Starter – HW Engineering

ADVERTISEMENT

The organization is yet to address the alleged vision problems, and it remains unclear if a class action lawsuit against the conference is to be filed at this time.

More headlines