Ethereum Name Service or ENS, the open and distributed Ethereum-based naming system, has removed Brantly Millegan as a steward after one of his old Twitter from 2016 resurfaced and created strife. True Names Ltd, DAO’s corresponding legal entity, has also removed Millegan from his position as director of operations.
ENS removes Millegan, who refuses to apologize
In the controversial Tweet from 2016, Millegan posted, “homosexual acts are evil. Transgenderism doesn’t exist. Abortion is murder. Contraception is perversion. So is masturbation and porn.”
According to Nick Johnson, ENS’s Founder and Lead Developer, Brantly would also be expelled from the DAO’s corresponding legal entity.
He said on a Twitter thread, “Brantly has been a valued team member of TNL for the past three years. However, as a team, we felt that his position with TNL is no longer tenable. Many of you were hurt by Brantly’s comments over the past 24 hours, and we strongly believe that ENS should be an inclusive community. Going forward, we’ll continue to do everything we can to ensure that remains the case.”
Millegan has refused to apologize for the tweet, citing his religious views as a justification.
He reinforced his opinions in a Discord post, saying that he’s willing to work with and become friends with a diverse group of people. He has stated that traditional Christians, Muslims, and Jews must not be excluded from Web 3, and he has received words of support from those who identify as traditional followers of these faiths.
Buzz in ENS DAO community
The ENS DAO community members voted to remove Millegan from his role with a majority vote in favor as of late Sunday Pacific time. Some members warned about the dangers of canceled culture and the absurdity of a decentralized service focused on one person’s opinion.
ENS is a name and lookup service based on the Ethereum blockchain. It allows crypto users to convert their machine-readable addresses to readable addresses, like a nickname assigning system for public Ethereum addresses. According to ENS, there are around 675,000 registered names.
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