After this year’s Oscars committee messed up, a Chadwick Boseman non-fungible token (NFT) is getting a whole new redesign.
Deadline is reporting that the NFT created in honor of the late “Black Panther” actor will no longer feature the actor’s likeness. It’s unclear what the new design will look like, though one of the designers hinted that it will be completely different from what Oscars attendees took home in their swag bags.
“I now recognize that Chadwick’s face is a triggering reminder of his death rather than his life,” said Andre Oshea, one of the artists who designed the controversial Chadwick Boseman NFT.
Oshea’s full statement can be found below.
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NFTs have been making quite the splash in the art world as of late because of their ability to digitally authenticate a piece of work. While there’s no professional consensus on whether NFTs will retain their value — or importance — through the years, they are currently being deployed by nearly every famous content creator today.
The Chadwick Boseman NFT, however, has added controversy to it for a number of reasons — mostly because the non-fungible token is seen as a commodification of Boseman’s untimely death, and that it was included in the gift bags for the Oscar attendees. And all this, of course, came after his obvious snub at the show for Boseman’s final performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” where the late actor lost to Anthony Hopkins’ performance in “The Father.”
Ghoulish though it may be, the original Chadwick Boseman NFT will still be auctioned off for charity; the proceeds will benefit the Colon Cancer Foundation, and the donation will be made in Boseman’s honor. The original NFT will be auctioned off at the Rarable marketplace, which is the sole marketplace to date to specialize in NFT sales and auctions.