Bitcoin Penetrates Pop Culture: Snoop, Ashton and The Simpsons


Eric Blair
Activist Post

Has Bitcoin gone mainstream?  How would we know? Being tweeted by Ashton Kutcher or Snoop Dogg (now “Lion”) and mentioned on The Simpsons are fairly strong indicators that Bitcoin has officially entered pop culture.

Mega rap artist and marijuana legalization activist Snoop Lion recently tweeted his 11 million-plus followers that his next album would be “available in bitcoin n delivered in a drone”. It was a seemingly half-facetious reference to two big news items about the future: Bitcoin’s rise and Amazon’s drone deliveries.

Apparently he wasn’t joking. Snoop responded to tweets from Bitcoin industry leaders Coinbase and BitPay about “making it happen”:

Kutcher recently tweeted his support for #BitcoinBlackFriday which was an event launched to raise awareness for merchants who accept Bitcoin.

But Kutcher’s Bitcoin introduction came long before Snoop’s. In May 2013, Kutcher was interviewed at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference where he said:

I think bitcoins are obviously becoming more and more relevant. The fact that people are hacking bitcoins really hard, it almost hearkens back to when banks first started and they didn’t have safe safes and people were going into the banks and just robbing money out of the safe. It actually validates the value of the money itself. I think the fact that you can buy drugs and ammo with it is actually (a) validator of the currency itself. 

The bigger thing with bitcoin is not bitcoin itself, but what does that decentralized technology really do? The notion that we could civically monitor each other in an anonymous way actually keeps the anonymity of the Internet. We don’t have to worry about big brother.

Here’s the full interview where Ashton and his A-Grade venture partner Guy Oseary talk about investing in the sharing and P2P economy as well as Bitcoin:

But perhaps the biggest pop mention comes from Krusty the Clown who mentioned Bitcoin this week on The Simpsons. In a tirade of how he lost all of his money, Krusty says he’s had bad luck in the Bitcoin Market.

It’s clearly a negative reference about Bitcoin’s volatility, but like with all new things, any press seems to be good press.

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