Political cartoon ‘NFT’ shared by Elon Musk, sold by creator


Colin Wright, the creator of the political cartoon, is now selling his sketch as a non-fungible token (NFT) and has launched auctions on the OpenSea digital marketplace. Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently tweeted a cartoon implying his political stance has shifted to the right over the years.

Mr Wright, editor of online culture commentary blog Quillette, noted on Twitter: “The #NFT auction of my political cartoon shared by @elonmusk (230,000 retweets, 1.3 million of likes) is currently at $1.25 ETH! There are 13 days left to bid, so don’t miss your chance to own some internet history!

Mr Musk sparked outrage on Thursday when he tweeted the caricature of Mr Wright. The cartoon shows a stick figure labeled “me” standing slightly left of center on the political spectrum in 2008, to become a right-wing conservative in 2021.

This appears to reflect Mr. Musk’s belief that the left wing of American politics, rather than the right wing, has tilted to the extreme since 2008. The cartoon implies that people who held centrist views in 2008 have turned shifted to the right as a result of this shift.

The SpaceX and Tesla CEO commented on his political views in the following tweets. “The far left hates everyone, including themselves!” he tweeted saying. Mr. Musk, on the other hand, said in another post that he was not a fan of the far right.

Going back to Mr. Wright’s political doodle, the NFT auction isn’t the creator’s only attempt to monetize the cartoon. Mr. Wright tweeted an Etsy advertisement for a mug displaying the design in a tweet thanking Mr. Musk for his message.

In a separate tweet, he said he “really liked the discussion it sparked.” He went on to say that the cartoon expresses a universal reality. “Of course, politics is more complex than what can be captured in a political cartoon with stick figures,” he added.

Currently, the NFT supply is 1.25 Ether.

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