Poker coach Jonathan Little is under fire on Twitter for taking saucy photos of women in Las Vegas and trying to sell them as an NFT. The American also snapped some pictures of a homeless person leading many to grumble in disgust.
Jonathan Little Under Fire for Selling Distasteful Photos as NFTs
The year is 2021. You’re broke and desperate in Las Vegas and finally stumble into what shade you can find, closing your eyes for the first time in a day. Then @JonathanLittle comes up and snaps your photo so he can sell it on the internet https://t.co/XcjSRZKtF1 pic.twitter.com/b1eMPLMVQb
— Bakes (@DMBakes) November 14, 2021
The story came to light when multiple WSOP bracelet winner David “Bakes” Baker posted what had transpired on Twitter.
While most agree that taking photos in a public place isn’t a problem, attempting to make money from a person’s image without consultation is viewed as bang out of order.
Incredibly, the price for the NFT of the models was a whopping $350,000.
Several posters later took Little to task for exploitation in the name of getting his own name out there some more.
So many things wrong with this. Exploiting people’s poverty for profit, doing this undoubtedly without consent…
— Brendon Kaufman (@Trabendo_daze) November 14, 2021
Even after this hammering, Little unashamedly defended himself seeing nothing wrong with his behaviour.
“I walked around Las Vegas taking photos, telling people about crypto, and giving away money. Some people enjoy the pics and the added perks like parties, nfts, and gambling sweats. Everything is not for everyone.”
High-stakes crusher and Run It Once coach Chris Kruk summed up the situation with his usual clarity:
“There needs to be some sort of list you can earn your way onto that gets you banned/shunned from poker because you’re either too shitty for us to have to tolerate or too stupid to be anything but a danger. We shouldn’t have to guess which one it is- either/or should be sufficient,”
Jonathan Little Backtracks and Apologises
After receiving much abuse throughout the day, Jonathan Little backtracked and actually apologised for any offence taken.
“I recently created a series of NFT photos designed to show the goods and bads of Downtown Las Vegas. Many people either neglect or are unaware of the bad side of Vegas. One of the photos is of a homeless person sleeping in the shade.”
If anyone knows the ideal charity (that ideally accepts btc/eth), please let me know. Thanks to those who brought this to my attention. I am always trying to be better and add value. I realize now that in this instance I messed up.
— Jonathan Little (@JonathanLittle) November 15, 2021
It didn’t take long before several suggestions were given over how Jonathan Little could make amends.
In particular, Dan Smith and his Double Up Drive project was a popular idea.
To end the spat, on Twitter poster made it real by pointing out that there really shouldn’t be an overreaction here:
“Tru but everybody gotta get off their high horse. Gambling for thousands of dollars and ultimately adding nothing to society, other than virtue signalling and extreme political stances. Intent matters”
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