NFTs are the latest craze meant to separate your Dad from his retirement fund. Like most scams, NFTs have scores of ardent followers. They make it their mission to convince normies that NFTs are the way of the future. Many celebrities have even gotten in the action, while others are calling this nonsense out for what it is. Stephen Colbert is now … somewhere in the middle?
In a new episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the eponymous host gave a rundown of NFTs. He did not mince words nor heap praise. It was a factual explanation, followed by a slight condemnation. Colbert had explained NFTs before, written the explanation on a paper bag, and called it an AFT or “Actual F***ing Thing.” So, clearly, he’s not a fan. But there’s a twist! You can now own that AFT as an NFT.
While this may seem like Colbert being a bit hypocritical (and it’s not not that), there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Colbert is working with a company called Terra Virtua on his latest project. They will make and sell the NFTs and all the proceeds are going to Donors Choose, a non-profit that supports classrooms.
The charitable aspect of Colbert’s NFTs is refreshing. It’s the first time I’ve heard NFT sales pitched honestly. If you buy his NFT, you get nothing. Nothing but a Colbert-looking avatar holding a paper bag. You won’t be “changing the art industry” or “making Jimmy Fallon feel hip.” Your money does go to a good cause, though.