In light of incessant backlash from the crypto-community, it appears that YouTuber Michael ‘Suppoman’ Suppo is finally becoming agitated; Wednesday’s war of Tweets against some of cryptocurrency’s most well-respected names certainly suggested so.

Here’s how it went down:

Wednesday morning (PDT), @DanDarkPill posted this tweet, which, in referring to an attached screenshot of Suppoman’s  popular Udemy courses, stated:

According to the numbers, this person has raked in well over $1M selling cryptocurrency investment advice videos, despite the fact he has no expertise in this area, exhibits a lack of basic trading knowledge and didn’t have the foresight to be an early adopter.”

He followed up by pointing out that those “with real expertise and foresight” tend to share their insights with others liberally, and certainly don’t “present themselves as a superhero;” a snipe at Suppo’s dubious marketing tactics, such as the description page of his YouTube channel, “hosted by your Superhero Cryptocurrency Expert, Suppoman!”

Surprisingly, @MichaelSuppo bothered to reply (note: unable to be retrieved given he subsequently deleted it). Perhaps this is a sign that the incessant criticism coming from those knowledgable in cryptocurrency is starting to agitate Suppo.

Given his history of filtering out information that contradicts his desired image (or just flat out abusing critics), it’d make sense that Suppo would begin to become more easily provoked as external (i.e., unable to be censored) criticism accelerates. This is because more awareness of his past  = less credibility = less YouTube views = less revenue.

Back to the Twitter discussion, and among a flood of spiteful comments directed at Suppo, in chimed the well-respected cog of the Monero (XMR) Core Team, Riccardo Spagni (@fluffypony), who, replied to Suppoman, saying that “it would be great if you DID retire and stop spreading garbage advice for the rest of us.”

This is where Suppoman crossed a line (and then some), replying to Spagni:

I would but I get my kicks annoying poor retarded peasants like you.”

This uneducated snipe served as yet another example that vindicates the multitude of Suppoman critics. If he had any ounce of creditability left, Wednesday saw it vanish after attacking Spagni. After all, if Suppo were a ‘cryptocurrency expert’, you’d like to think he knew one of cryptocurrency’s most public figures in Spagni; a man who has presented at countless conferences and meet-ups, and featured in even more podcasts and video interviews.

Putting the hurtful use of “retard” aside, the fact is that Spagni was largely influential in developing the anonymity-based Monero several years ago.

Today, the XMR token has flourished into a US$3 billion juggernaut. This has surely financially rewarded ‘fluffypony’ in one way or another. Whether he holds XMR, was compensated from Monero for his work, or attracts speaking fees now (because of Monero’s ascent), it is difficult to envisage Spagni being “poor”, nor a “peasant” for that matter.

Spagni was by no means the only influential figure to get involved on Wednesday. Another was @WhalePanda, who cautioned the community not to feed the beast (see: Streisand effect):

Come on guys, stop giving this scammer some extra attention. Just compare the people you follow with the people that follow him, for me there is only 1 match and that’s a bot. Says enough about his relevance.”

His reply was accompanied by a screenshot proving that the sole mutual account was in fact a bot; a powerful point, given that the 189 accounts followed by @WhalePanda are almost exclusively crypto-related.

@notsofast, another influential voice in the crypto-community, also sought issue with Suppoman’s agenda. So too did @ArminVanBitcoin, labelling Suppo as “one of the most deplorable and least knowledgable people in #crypto.”

In an act that speaks volumes about his character, Suppoman deleted his replies soonafter. Moreover, the above two accounts, along with @DanDarkPill, all shared screenshots which revealed that they’d been blocked by the YouTuber.

This practice is said to be commonplace in Suppo’s Facebook group; deleting posts (and booting the poster) that challenge his perspectives on certain cryptocurrencies, or the very reason he is even in the space. The latter is an apt question to raise indeed, given that up until last year, his channel was centred largely around Minecraft (a popular PC game among young teens) and notable young gamers in the space.

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