‘The Saudis’ & ‘The Asians’ NFTs create controversy in the community. Recently, there have been an influx in the rise in popularity of controversial ‘derivative’ NFTs.
These new NFTs are often marketed as free mint projects with no roadmap or plan, and have artwork that is directly copied from another popular NFT project, like CryptoPunks or Bored Ape, but with added details that relate to their name.
Topping OpenSea Charts
The most popular of these NFTs so far have been ‘The Saudis’ NFT which has even been able to top the Opensea charts, even flipping Cryptopunks itself to become the number 1 NFT collection in trading volume at one point.
— The Saudis 🇸🇦 (🛢,🛢) (@TheSaudisNFT) July 10, 2022
Aside from that, other derivative NFTs that have gained popularity are the ‘The Asians’ collection and the ‘The Jews’ collection that bases its artwork off of Bored Ape NFTs.
Are They Controversial
These types of NFTs have been causing a buzz around the NFT community not only for the fact that they are topping Opensea by being blatant rip-offs or copies of popular collections, but also the fact that these collections are made based on racist undertones.
I'm sorry, what the actual fuck? 50+ ETH volume, too?
OpenSea, how is this account not banned yet, when several of my friends have been booted from your platform for completely unexplained reasons? pic.twitter.com/MvFLaOU0Br
— cryptoPOM🐶🧐🐶 (@cryptopom1) July 9, 2022
The images in these NFTs contain items that are stereotypical to their name, like the rice farmer hat for Asians or the keffiyeh for Saudis. Because of this, many in the community have voiced complaints over popularizing NFT collections like this and have demanded Opensea and other NFT marketplaces suspend these collections from their site.
However, so far, it seems nothing has been done by the platform as ‘The Saudis’ ‘The Asians’ and ‘The Jews’ NFT collections are still listed on the Opensea site.