The Will Smith Oscars Slap Meme Is Now A Crypto Coin — But Are We Surprised?
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The Will Smith Oscars Slap Meme Is Now A Crypto Coin — But Are We Surprised?

Over the past three days, reports have continued to fly about the 94th Academy Awards.

On March 28, Shadow and Act reported about Will Smith and Chris Rock getting into a physical altercation following the presenter making a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. While the Oscar winner has since apologized for what went down, the aftermath has yet to let up on how it sent the news and social media into a frenzy.

Cryptocurrency has been a growing trend over the past year, so its community joining the recent viral Academy Awards moment was quite expected.

According to Fortune, a digital coin of Smith slapping Rock was minted less than 24 hours of it airing live on the Oscars stage. At the time of March 29, the Will Smith Inu coin’s value hit a record high of 469% over the span of 24 hours.

“The Will Smith Inu coin has seen its value soar 469% in the past 24 hours. And that’s 35% lower than the highs it hit at 7:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday,” the outlet then reported.

And of course, there are NFTs, too. A Will Smith Slap DAO NFT on OpenSea was said to be ranging from $7 to $86.

The meme has created surges in the crypto market as of now, but CoinDesk predicts that it would eventually lose its momentum — similar to previous meme tokens.

Chris Rock's Tour Tickets

While Smith most likely won’t see a profit from the cryptocurrency, Rock’s pockets have benefitted from Sunday night’s feud.

AfroTech previously shared that the the ticket sales for the comedian’s upcoming stand-up tour, Ego Death, saw a high spike.

“We sold more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than we did in the past month combined,” ticket marketplace site TickPick shared via Twitter.

According to the company’s brand manager Kyle Zorn, the cheapest ticket for his show at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre went from $46 to $411.