Bitcoin maximalists blast Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin after he cautioned against buying crypto with personal loans

Ethereum’s founder Vitalik Buterin has recently advised against a crypto-investment style that recently went viral on crypto-twitter. Peter McCormack, a Bitcoiner who loaned $46,250 to purchase Bitcoin was a subject for discussion among crypto-twitter, who were largely displeased with the Bitcoiner’s investment choices. Buterin has also chimed in with a tweet strongly advising Ethereum users not to take the same route. Buterin expressed that he was strongly against the act of buying any form of Ethereum assets with personal loans.

Please don’t do things like this. I would NEVER recommend anyone take out a personal loan to buy ETH or other ethereum assets.

— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) December 14, 2020

Bitcoin Maximalists dismisses Buterin’s comments

Buterin’s comments were swiftly met with extreme criticism from many Bitcoin maximalists who asserted that McCormack’s Bitcoin purchase was not as risky as Buterin was painting it to be. Comments from Vijay Boyapati a Former Google engineer, now a strong Bitcoin proponent inferred that Buterin’s wealth can only be credited to his pre mining and dumping of ETH.

It’s much less risky to pre-mine your own altcoin then dump it on an unsuspecting public after feeding them full of misleading marketing slogans. This is why you’re much richer than Peter.

— Vijay Boyapati (@real_vijay) December 14, 2020

Boyapati also has a history of critiquing Ethereum and has on different occasions labeled the network and its tokens a scam. Boyapati had also, like many other critics inferred that there was little to no transparency about the total supply of Ethereum, hence his previous comments about Buterin pre-mining ETH.

Other Bitcoin maximalists agreed with Buterin while noting that Bitcoin was an exception to the rule. Peter McCormack also responded to Buterin’s tweet and proceeded to conduct a Twitter poll, quizzing DeFi loan users on where their loan went and “cryptocurrency buying” emerged top. 

That is me, you don’t have to hide me.

Also, I agree with Vitalik, I would NEVER recommend anyone takes out a personal loan to buy ETH or other ethereum assets.

— Peter McCormack 👑 (@PeterMcCormack) December 14, 2020

How it started How it’s going

— Peter McCormack 👑 (@PeterMcCormack) December 14, 2020

McCormack believes that his loan could birth double in profit on a monthly basis. “Speculative attack context: – MicroStrategy loan is 10x annual profit – My loan is 2x monthly profit,” he tweeted.

Buterin speaks on MicroStrategy

Responding to a comment that noted that Buterin’s millionaire status protects him from taking such financial risk that “average joe’s” would take, Buterin recalls selling half of his Bitcoins seven years before the creation of Ethereum, in order to stay on the safer side, in case Bitcoin dropped to zero.

When asked about his take on “MicroStrategy issuing $550m in debt to buy BTC?” he had this to say; 

“Isn’t the MicroStrategy thing just them trying to turn their company into a de-facto bitcoin ETF for regulatory arbitrage purposes?”

Buterin also used the opportunity to speak up about the constant criticism he receives from the crypto-landscape. He noted that “cancel culture” played a big role in the community as many maximalists had already blocked him “without provocation.” 

I can barely read what the bitcoin maximalists are saying about me on twitter because so many of them have just blocked me without provocation😢. The cancel culture is out of control on this website.

— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) December 14, 2020



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