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9 Celebrity Endorsements Driving Crypto Mainstream

Grammy award-winning rapper Eminem recently posted an ad for Crypto.com to promote blockchain to NBA fans. Here are 10 other celebrity endorsements that prove cryptocurrency adoption is accelerating.

But first real quick: here’s the “The Real Slim Shady” singer’s X-post with the Crypto.com ad:

“From the start you couldn’t stop and you broke the resistance with every swing and block. Your game plan never changed.”

Bloomberg called the partnership between a major crypto exchange, the hip-hop superstar, and the NBA a “sign of a dramatic shift in the crypto industry’s marketing and advertising efforts.”

Celebrity crypto endorsements are once again appearing in commercial ads, six months after a New York jury returned a guilty verdict in the fraud case against the founder of failed crypto exchange FTX.

Here are 10 other celebrity endorsements over the years that show how far mainstream cryptocurrency adoption has come since Bitcoin mined its first block on January 3, 2009:

1. Elon Musk – Notorious Doge Father

For the inveterate engineer and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, finances are not that interesting. In May 2020, he told Joe Rogan that finance is just a matter of keeping track of money, but what we do with our resources to advance civilization is more interesting to him.

However, Musk recognizes the important innovations that blockchain has brought about in the financial field. In fact, he has been pumping Dogecoin since 2019, when he first posted on social media: “Dogecoin might be my favorite cryptocurrency. It’s pretty cool.”

Calling himself the ‘Doge Father’, Musk said of his vocal support for cryptocurrencies:

“I may pump, but I don’t dump.”

2. Lindsay Lohan – Dollar Inflation Hawk

In February 2021, less than a year after Bitcoin’s third halving, “Parent Trap” and “Mean Girls” star Lindsay Lohan tweeted “Bitcoin To The Moon” with a rocket emoji.

Lohan’s endorsement was true to form. Back in 2011, Lindsay tweeted that she was concerned that inflation was getting out of control.

“Have you guys seen any food and gas prices lately? The US dollar will soon be worthless if the Fed keeps printing money!” Lohan posted.

3. Maisie Williams – Arya Long Bitcoin?

In November 2020, just six months after Bitcoin’s four-year supply slump, HBO “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams tweeted: “Should I go long Bitcoin in 2020?” with an opinion poll.

Nearly a million Twitter users voted, and 53% said “No,” while 47% said “Yes.”

4. Snoop Dogg – Pumps Dogecoin

Around the time Lindsay Lohan shipped Bitcoin in February 2021, RIAA gold- and platinum-selling hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg was pumping DOGE tokens onto Twitter.

The “Gin and Juice” singer was on a roll when he posted a photoshop of one of his album covers depicting him as a Shiba Inu, with the caption: “Snoop Doge.”

The price of DOGE tokens rose to a new all-time high of $0.0844 following Snoop Dogg’s tweet and another from Elon Musk. KISS frontman Gene Simmons joined in with a tweet encouraging Dogecoin owners to “HODLE!”

5. Ashton Kutcher – Early Bitcoin Investor

“That 70’s Show” actress Mila Kunis represented Bitcoin on Stephen Colbert’s show in 2021. Kunis told Colbert that Kutcher, who played Steve Jobs in the indie biopic “Jobs,” got them invested in Bitcoin back in 2013.

“He sat me down and said, ‘Hey honey, I need to explain this to you; tell me if I’m crazy.’ He says, ‘There’s something, it’s like mining for money. It’s called cryptocurrency. And there’s this company.’ This was over eight years ago – ‘It’s called Bitcoin,’” Kunis told Colbert.

“I thought, ‘Well, I think this is a terrible idea,’” she continued. “And he said, ‘Cool, we’re investing in it.’ So he didn’t listen to me. I mean, this happens all the time.”

6. LeBron James – Create an ad for Crypto.com in 2022

Los Angeles Lakers Power Forward LeBron James and the LeBron James Family Foundation signed a multi-year contract with Crypto.com in 2022. The all-time leading scorer in the first ad in NBA history for the Singapore-based crypto exchange featured James giving advice to his younger self.

In the ad, James from the Future said, “I can’t tell you everything, but if you want to make history, you have to decide for yourself.”

7. Mark Cuban – Subscribed polygon and injective

In January of this year, ABC Network’s “Shark Tank” judge and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban highlighted Polygon (MATIC) and Injective (INJ) to his 8.8 million followers on invested in both (DYOR). ”

Cuban’s response to fans who asked him about crypto in the AMA-style interview on an ERC20 bridge to Ethereum for multiple purposes. -chain interoperability.

8. Kevin O’Leary – Once Crypto Skeptic, Now Bitcoin Bull

Canadian businessman Kevin O’Leary, one of the other judges on the popular ABC show about venture capitalism, was once a crypto skeptic who called Bitcoin “garbage” and a “useless currency.” Like the late Berkshire don Charlie Munger, O’Leary believed there is nothing here but raw speculation.

Today, he is not only a Bitcoin bull, but also calls himself a Bitcoin purist who buys to hold “digital gold” for the long term.

O’Leary doesn’t even support Bitcoin ETFs because he thinks it’s better to hold your own on-chain BTC so you are the bearer of your private keys. Plus, he says it saves on paying ETF issuers’ fees, allowing cryptocurrency investors to accumulate faster.

Although O’Leary did predict the Bitcoin ETFs in July 2022.

9. Joe Rogan – Hyperbitcoinization Theory

Comedian, UFC announcer and podcast king Joe Rogan told OpenAI CEO Sam Altman on an episode of his show last October:

“The really fascinating crypto is Bitcoin. To me, this is the currency that I think has the most likely possibility of becoming a universally viable currency. It is limited in how much there can be (and) people mine it with their own (computer). That is very fascinating to me. I think it’s great that it’s been implemented.”

Rogan has also brought Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos onto his show for four separate episodes over the years to explain blockchain technology and the significance of cryptocurrency in the modern economy.