Jungle Freaks In Trouble as “Racist” Drawings Emerge

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  • The valuation of NFT series Jungle Freaks has crashed 80% after allegedly racist drawings from the artist emerged
  • George Trosley has been a cartoonist for over 40 years and created a series of racially charged illustrations for Hustler magazine in the 1970s
  • The drawings caused Jungle Freaks holders to sell en masse and drew an explanation from Trosley

Valuations of the popular Jungle Freaks NFT collection have plummeted after allegedly racist drawings emerged from the creator that date back to the 1970s. Jungle Freaks, a set of 10,000 hand-drawn characters, were created by George Trosley, a famous cartoonist who has appeared in Hustler magazine since its inception in 1974. On Monday however a series of questionable drawings from Trosley surfaced which drew heavy criticism from some areas of the crypto world and caused the price floor for Jungle Freaks to plummet.

Jungle Freaks Crash as 1970s Images Emerge

The series of images was posted on Twitter with highly racial overtones, all of which made the name of the NFT collection, Jungle Freaks, suddenly very uncomfortable, as some pointed out:

The fact that people are still buying @JungleFreaksNFT by George Trosley says a lot about the NFT space. Speak up leaders in the space #JUNGLEFREAKS racism. pic.twitter.com/P72kePbs5S

— SAFEMOON TO .01 (@safemoon_whales) November 1, 2021

In response, Trosley posted statements on Twitter and YouTube, with Trosley saying that the images are lacking the proper context:

The illustrations that I was contracted to draw, some over 40 years ago, have been taken out of context, as today’s generation may not have an understanding of what was taking place in journalism and the world during my time at Hustler Magazine. Hustler Magazine was known for publishing material that pushed the edge, both in editorial and visual content. The illustrations were drawn to evoke attention and conversation surrounding societal and political issues during that time period.

Trosley added that he hoped the pictures would now stir debate rather than being “misinterpreted as supporting racism and discrimination, which I do not condone in any manner.”

Trosley’s Story Suits the Era

Holders were keen not to be associated with the Jungle Freaks brand any more however, with actor Elijah Wood tweeting that he had divested himself of his holdings:

pic.twitter.com/NAmoOuhsNw

— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) November 1, 2021

Trosley’s story rings true for the time period and the nature of the Hustler editor Larry Flynn, and it is unfortunate for him that in today’s racially fraught atmosphere that drawings like this are taken out of context as the artist’s true feelings. Nevertheless, it is hardly surprising that, without any context whatsoever, the images caused the reaction that they did given how graphic they are, and it is also not surprising that Jungle Freaks has suffered as a result.

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