On May 9 Yahoo Finance reported that Mr Bean the mute buffoon from British television cocreated and played by Rowan Atkinson would make his NFT debut in a joint venture between FOMO Lab and Banijay.
I think that this is a great idea Atkinson said about the project. Any initiative which not only draws attention to but actually enables access to the fabulous artwork associated with the Mr Bean Animation series I welcome with open arms.
The announcement was illtimed. Cryptocurrencies across the board are precipitously falling in value including mainstays like Bitcoin and Ethereum and the socalled stablecoin Tether has fluctuated alarmingly. Mr Bean has been given a pass for his antics for far too long but could this be the funnymans pièce de résistance bringing down an entire subset of the economy with a venture so illadvised it snapped everyone out of their cryptofever?
OK probably not. Bitcoin and Etherreum both began declining in value earlier in the month days before we had any inkling that Rowan Atkinsons character would be making his blockchain debut. Its far more likely that the other numerous concerns about blockchainbased assets finally broke the spell shaking confidence in their value and spelling an end for at least the current chapter of cryptomania. Still this poor timing may speak to a greater artistic merit for the 3333piece run of nonfungible tokens even as their monetary value is doomed from the start. Bean famously remains after all these years a buffoon a clown and a dingus. The numerous NFT tieins of the past year have been rightly derided but what could be more buffoonish more clownish more dingusy than lunging for a bite at the apple in this of all moments?
FOMO Labs official discord has a #showusyourbean! channel open in anticipation of the collections release. It remains empty as prospective Beanholders cant make their purchases yet but I still find it ominous desolate even in the face of current events.
As his NFT collection is doomed to fail perhaps now Bean will receive a righteous comeuppance for the indignities hes wrought on the good people of England across years of dunderheaded antics.