Fans of the late Stan Lee are voicing their outrage after noticing that his Twitter account is being used to promote NFTs.
How Stan Lee’s Twitter controversy is playing out
Yesterday, the late Stan Lee’s Twitter account tweeted:
“From championing diversity to embracing new tech, Stan was 1 step ahead of the curve. To honour his innovative spirit, Stan’s 1st Indian hero, Chakra The Invincible, debuts in his own NFT (digital art) collection from 7:30pm PT 12/27-12pm PT 12/29! Sign up: http://chakraverse.io“
The Chakra NFT drop comprises 6,880 unique generative art pieces based on Stan Lee’s “Chakra The Invincible”. The NFT drop, which was announced via Twitter, commemorates Stan Lee’s 99th birthday on December 28th. It’s a celebration of his art, vision and values through the NFT medium. POW! Entertainment, Sharad Devarajan’s Graphic India and NFT production and promotion company Orange Comet are some of the masterminds behind this drop.
The tweet acknowledged Stan Lee’s role in promoting diversity within the comic book industry. However, a lot of fans didn’t agree with how Stan Lee’s Twitter account is being used. Many insist that the account managers should only use Stan Lee’s Twitter account to celebrate him and his work, and not to sell NFTs.
Tweets such as “There is something immorally wrong and distasteful about selling NFTs on Stan Lee’s legacy solely for the purpose to make a quick buck” and “This is absolutely not how you honour someone’s work after they have passed” show that Stan Lee fans are not okay with companies using the late artist’s image to sell NFTs.
Who posted this tweet?
No one is really sure about who posted this controversial statement on Stan Lee’s Twitter. Orange Comet could have posted this tweet. Some fans are insisting that POW! Entertainment did this, as it’s the company that manages his account. Up until now, no one has released a press release to mitigate the backlash.
Comic book fans and creators have largely embraced NFTs as a way to capitalise on their creations. Earlier this year, Lee’s former employer – Marvel – released their first official NFT. Coincidentally, it happened to be an NFT of Lee’s Spiderman. One thing is for sure – the comic book industry will certainly continue to reap the benefits of NFTs in the years to come.