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THIS Is How Joe Rogan and Elon Snuck Dogecoin Into Their Interview
Joe Rogan is arguably the most influential media figure on the planet.
His interviews with Elon Musk are showstoppers. Last week, they sat down again. And would you believe it—the show opened with short segment about Dogecoin!
Let’s take a look at how Joe and Elon slipped Doge into their interview without anyone noticing.
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Elon’s fourth interview with Joe Rogan hit the Internet last week on Halloween day. The show was an instant smash hit.
But almost no one noticed that the the episode opened with a hilarious Easter egg: Joe and Elon talking about a Dogecoin-related NFT.
The show began with Joe and Elon in the middle of a conversation, as many of Rogan’s interviews do. They are talking about something off-screen.
A few seconds into the exchange, it becomes evident they’re looking at a work of art by the digital artist Mike Winklemann, also known as Beeple.
Beeple is known for creating one image per day—called “Everydays”—which he publishes to Twitter/𝕏. Each piece attempts to capture the zeitgeist on the Internet for that day.
Beeple is the most succesful digital artist in history. In March 2021, he sold an NFT compilation of his first 5000 images for $69 million dollars at an auction handled by Christie’s. At the time, it was the first NFT to be sold by a legacy auction house (in a hilarious coincidence, the same Beeple NFT appeared on last night’s Simpsons episode).
Beeple made one of his most iconic pieces on February 4th, 2021, called “Gigachad.” The artwork documents an important day in Dogecoin history.
A week earlier, the meme stock rebellion had fizzled under suspicious circumstances. On January 28th, several exchanges blocked users from buying GameStop and other meme stocks right as they were going viral.
Afterwards, Elon interviewed Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev about the series of events that led exchanges to shut down the meme stock rally, and didn’t sound convinced by Tenev’s explanations.
During the interview, it emerged that a consortium representing Wall Street interests forced exchanges to block retail investors from buying GameStop stock in a “gun-to-the-head” moment for exchanges.
A few days after the interview, on February 4th, Elon started posting obsessively about Dogecoin, triggering a massive rally in the meme coin that caused its price to explode from three cents up to 69 cents within months.
Elon had captured the energy from the meme stock rebellion, and was funneling it into Dogecoin, the original meme asset.
In one now-famous tweet from the day, Elon promoted Dogecoin as an alternative to Bitcoin, writing “Dogecoin is the people’s crypto” before adding, “No need to be a gigachad to own.”
Beeple commemorated the day’s events with an image of a buff Elon walking a Shiba Inu while Starship explodes in the background. His titling the work “Gigachad” is an obvious reference to Elon’s tweet.
Later in 2021, Beeple appeared on Rogan’s show for an interview.
At the end of the episode, he presented Rogan with a collector’s edition of the “Gigachad” NFT.
Rogan has shown the NFT to other guests. In one clip, he says, “this is the only time an NFT has made sense to me.”
During the latest Elon interview, neither Joe nor Elon explicitly state what they’re talking about. But they do drop several hints that they’re looking at the Gigachad NFT.
Elon starts by saying, “there’s me, there’s my dog (unintelligible)”
Elon then says, “it’s like looking in the mirror”, an ironic reference to Beeple’s exaggeratedly buff depiction
Rogan asks, “have you seen that before? Did Beeple get you one of those?” (Rogan’s physical NFT is a 1/100 collector’s edition)
Elon confirms that he, like Rogan, was given a copy of the NFT
If there was any doubt about what they were talking about, Beeple confirmed it later in that day by posting a thank you message along with the hashtag #gigachad.
So here’s the crazy thing: besides Beeple himself, no one else made the connection between the opening segment and Doge.
Rogan’s show is the biggest on the planet—averaging over 10 million viewsers per show—and the Elon episode will probably get the most views/listens of any episode all year. And they opened the show by talking about an NFT based on Dogecoin.
Seems like big news, right? You’d think at least someone else in the cryptocurrency media ecosystem would take notice. But as far as I can tell, the entire segment skated beneath the Internet’s awareness.
But it gets even weirder: I went to a website that posts transcripts of every episode of The Joe Rogan Experience. And the transcript is missing the first 30 seconds. It’s as if, for the rest of the Internet, the Doge NFT segment didn’t even take place!
So what do you think is really going on here…
-Were Rogan and Elon talking about the GigaChad NFT, or something else?
-Is it really true that no one else noticed the Dogecoin connection to the opening of the episode?
-Is discussion about the NFT being censored/shadowbanned/hidden from public view in some way?
-Are there maybe two versions of the interview—one with the Gigachad segment, one without it—floating around the Internet, and only some people got access to the Doge Not segment?
-Or is something else going on here that I haven’t considered?
Let me know what you think is going on! And keep your eyes peeled for more Dogecoin Easter eggs!
Dogey Treats: News Bites
The Supreme Court will review a lawsuit involving a Coinbase promotion of Dogecoin.
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