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ENS Developer Booted For A Controversial Tweet From 2016

After a public controversy, the ENS community voted to remove Brantly Millegan as a steward over a controversial tweet.

Ethereum Name Service, a DAO in charge of .eth domains, found itself in the middle of a “cancel culture” controversy.

It all started with one tweet from 2016 by Brantly Millegan, a developer and a steward of the DAO.

homosexual acts are evil. Transgenderism doesn’t exist. Abortion is murder. Contraception is perversion. So is masturbation and porn

When the tweet surfaced, Millegan would not apologize, citing his religious beliefs. As a result, the ENS community voted to remove him as a steward.

The developer also lost his position as a director of operations in True Names Ltd, the DAO’s corresponding legal entity.

Millegan’s coworker Nick Johnson confirmed the decision.

Brantly has been a valued team member of TNL for the past three years. However, as a team, we felt that his position with TNL is no longer tenable.

The decision, which was not unanimous, was subject to intense discussion, both in the DAO and the broader crypto space.

Many of you were hurt by Brantly’s comments over the past 24 hours, and we strongly believe that ENS should be an inclusive community. Going forward we’ll continue to do everything we can to ensure that remains the case.

Johnson added that any delegates and stewards of the ENS community should reach out via a forum DM.

ENS is a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) in charge of ENS protocols. It allows users to connect their wallets to .eth domain addresses.

The service allows users to send and receive funds without dealing with long and complex wallet addresses. Moreover, the domain names are tradable as NFTs.

Crypto Cancel Culture?

The decision to remove Millegan split the crypto community. This is particularly significant since many crypto enthusiasts cherish free speech and hate censorship.

That’s why many crypto investors called out the “cancel culture” that lead to his firing. Coin Metrics co-founder Nic Carter called the decision “absolutely pathetic.”

Others had a differing view. Tim Coulter, angel investor and founder of blockchain development company Trufflesuite, backed the team’s decision.

Brantly isn’t the Virgin Mary here. He could have had these views and handled the situation very differently. He attracted the attention and then, from my view, stoked the flames. It’s the hill he chose to die on.

Larry Cermak, the VP of research at Block, agreed. “He knew what he was doing and knew the consequences,” he said.

Yesterday, Millegan was unapologetic for his tweet. He even called his detractors a mob. He also pointed to his Twitter bio, which reads: “Catholic, husband, father. dir. of ops @ensdomains.”

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