Since Time Magazine released its most recent profile of Ethereum’s co-inventor, Vitalik Buterin, he has become the brunt of jokes. The stinging accusations have done little to damper the Russian-Canadian computer programmer’s spirits.
TIME released an article titled “The Man Behind Ethereum Is Concerned About Crypto’s Future” on March 18th, in which Buterin highlighted his fears about the network’s future. Since its publication, a diverse group of Twitter users has spread the post while mocking Buterin’s appearance.
“I have never seen a face more deserving of being shoved into a locker in my entire life,” read one tweet while another read, “how is it possible to be this rich and still ugly omg get a hair transplant or botox a new wardrobe SOMETHING”. Others compared him to Tom Brady on dog food as the debate shifted away from cryptocurrency’s physical challenges.
“The quote tweets on the new time article about me are truly amazing. These are barely cherry-picked, it’s pretty much one piece of awesome after another. Highly recommend scrolling.” He went on to say that he didn’t know who Tom Brady was but assumed he was the star from Mission Impossible.
Charles Hoskinson, the co-founder of Cardano and Ethereum, was eager to offer Buterin some advice. “Don’t worry, it gets easier every day dealing with the critics.” Hoskinson has faced some criticism, most notably for the uncertainty surrounding his Ph.D. and Cardano’s slow development speed.
The 27-year-old gave more than a billion Shiba Inu to India’s Covid Relief Fund and other organizations. Buterin, who has been included in both Forbes 30 under 30 and Forbes 40 under 40, has emerged as one of the most powerful voices in the crypto community.
Buterin highlighted concerns in the TIME essay that crypto has a lot of dystopian potential if applied incorrectly. He expressed concern about rising gas prices, overeager displays, and the extravagant display of riches that has become synonymous with cryptocurrencies.