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Bitcoin Pop Culture

Co-written by Raphael Bustamante, James de Jesus, and Gabriel Paningbatan
Key Takeaways
  • Bitcoin has infiltrated popular culture with its own jargons and lingo. 
  • Evidence of Bitcoin being present in popular culture can be seen through the celebrities who support it, popular culture media like animated shows, songs, and even documentaries about Bitcoin have been made.

At this point (fingers crossed!), you already have a good understanding of what Bitcoin is, what it stands for, and what it does. 

Suppose you decide to venture further into the cryptocurrency space. In that case, you'll be met with a few obstacles like crypto jargon or slang. But, don't worry! Let's break them down one by one so you don't feel left out!

Common Crypto Jargon

  • Buy the F****** Dip (BTD/BTFD) - an expression used to encourage buying the 'dip,' which refers to when a cryptocurrency's price falls
  • Do Your Own Research (DYOR) - doing due diligence before deciding to invest
  • Explain Like I'm 5 (ELI5) - a simple, concise explanation
  • Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) - the feeling of being "left out" when they see other people gaining profits while they aren't
  • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt (FUD) - negative and/or misleading information
  • HODL - a misspelling of the word "hold." This first originated in an online forum where someone mistyped "hold" as "hodl." Currently, the term is interpreted as an acronym of "Hold On for Dear Life."
  • REKT - Came from the word "wrecked"; it describes a terrible loss in a trade
  • Think Long Term (TLT) - having a long term horizon for investing
  • When Lambo - "when will we be rich enough to afford a Lamborghini through this investment?"
  • When Moon - "when will the price explode upwards?"GM/GN - Good morning/good night 

Congratulations! You now understand Bitcoin lingo. Just like you, a lot of famous personalities have entered the Bitcoin space as well. Let's get to know those people, shall we?

Famous Bitcoin Personalities

Michael Saylor

Saylor is one of the most prominent names in the cryptocurrency space. Michael Saylor's company called MicroStrategy was known for accumulating bitcoin in August 2020. For others, this bold move was a significant event that opened the floodgates for other companies to follow suit and purchase bitcoin. As of writing, Microstrategy owns 114,042 bitcoin.

Jack Mallers

Mallers is the CEO of Strike, an application that uses the Bitcoin Lightning network. Strike has recently integrated with El Salvador and Twitter, enabling borderless lightspeed transactions with virtually no costs.

Elon Musk

Musk is the richest man in the world last 2021 and a spoken Bitcoin proponent. His technology company, Tesla, bought $1.5 billion in bitcoin in February 2021. This is by far one of the most significant Bitcoin investments to date. 

Tesla had also briefly accepted bitcoin as a mode of payment up until they ran into some issues concerning Bitcoin's environmental usage.

Jack Dorsey

Dorsey is the CEO of Square and Twitter and has been advocating for Bitcoin since 2017. Last October 2020, Square bought 4,709 bitcoin.

"The investment is part of Square's ongoing commitment to bitcoin, and the company plans to assess its aggregate investment in bitcoin relative to its other investments on an ongoing basis." - Square

Winklevoss Twins

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are known for their lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg, the man behind Facebook. After winning the case, they invested a portion of the money won into Bitcoin back in 2012.

As a result of that move, the twins quickly got a spot on Forbes' list of billionaires. The twins currently own one of the top cryptocurrency exchanges called Gemini.

Catherine Wood

Wood is the CEO and CIO of Ark Investment Management firm. She and her firm are strong believers in technology stocks and cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin. In an interview with CNBC, Wood says they expect bitcoin to reach a price target of $500,000.

Mark Cuban

The Dallas Mavericks owner and famous Shark Tank investor, Mark Cuban, is a firm cryptocurrency believer. Bitcoin for him is a “safe haven” in the cryptocurrency space, alongside Ethereum. Cuban even goes further and says that bitcoin is a better store of value versus gold. 

He is also famous for his acceptance of the meme cryptocurrency, Dogecoin. Last March, the Dallas Mavericks announced that they will be accepting Dogecoin ($DOGE) for tickets and merchandise.

Snoop Dogg

An American rapper, songwriter, media personality, actor, and businessman, Snoop Dogg invested in Bitcoin as early as 2012 and sold his first reggae music album, Reincarnated, back in 2013 for 0.3 bitcoin.

Snoop Dogg has also recently drawn attention in the cryptocurrency space when the rapper revealed he is a long-time huge NFT collector.

Busta Rhymes

An American rapper, Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr.—also known as Busta Rhymes—recently became a fan of Bitcoin and thought about getting paid in it. In a tweet last July 22, 2021, the hip-hop rapper said, "After watching the #Bitcoin conference live with @jack @elonmusk @CathieDWood, I'm sold on Bitcoin. Officially holding Bitcoin. Looking into ETH next."

Neil Patrick Harris

American comedian and actor—most famous for his roles in "Doogie Howser M.D." and "How I Met Your Mother"—Harris is a strong supporter of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. The actor actually invested in bitcoin during its early days.

"I remember when I first heard about Bitcoin. Like most people, I didn't fully understand it. But at the time, the price of Bitcoin was so low, I figured I could give it a shot without risking too much." - Neil Patrick Harris

He recently starred in a marketing campaign for CoinFlip, a cryptocurrency ATM operator in the United States.

Spike Lee

Renowned director, screenwriter, actor, and founder of 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Spike Lee directed a crypto commercial for Coin Cloud named "The Currency Of Currency." The advertisement lasts for two minutes and shows people from all over the world using Coin Cloud's ATMs.

Tom Brady

An American football player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, own a stake in FTX, one of the world's leading cryptocurrency exchanges. 

In October 2021, Tom Brady gave a fan one bitcoin as repayment for returning his football from his 600th career TD pass.

The list goes on including other prominent names such as 50 Cent, Paris Hilton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Gates, Serena Williams, Floyd Mayweather, Kanye West, Richard Branson, Steven Seagall, Maisie Williams, and Mike Tyson.

Apart from these famous names, the cryptocurrency space has also made its appearance in pop culture media. Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have been mentioned in several documentaries, movies, songs, television series, and even in our beloved cartoon shows.

Bitcoin in Pop Culture Media

The Simpsons

In Season 25 Episode 7, Krusty the Clown joked about how one of the ways to be broke was to have the "worst luck in the Bitcoin market." 

In Season 26 Episode 1, a billboard featuring Jimbo Jones had "ACCEPTING BITCOIN" written at the bottom. 

In Season 31 Episode 13, Jim Parsons from the Big Bang Theory appeared as a guest to quickly explain cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

Family Guy

In one episode, Lois Griffin was talking to Peter Griffin about monthly expenses. Peter replied, "Bitcoin!" as a way for them to increase their budget.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

A news headline where Peter Parker was reported dead also flashed "Bitcoin hits new high!" and "Bitcoin hits new low!"

Image in Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse:

The Good Wife

This was the first bitcoin reference in television ever made where the characters were discussing activities involving bitcoin, which was only worth $3 that time (2012).

Silicon Valley

Bitcoin was mentioned by a character named Gilfoyle in the TV series Silicon Valley. The comedy series focuses on Richard Hendricks, a programmer, who founded a blockchain-based startup called Pied Piper.

“The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me”

An eight-member band named Kasotsuka Shojo released their single "The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me." The song talks about investing in cryptocurrencies, with lyrics like "It's hell if you buy at a high price!"; and "Don't underestimate the Market!"

“Sorry Not Sorry” by DJ Khaled (feat. Nas, JAY-Z, & James Fauntleroy) - Harmonies by The Hive

This song by DJ Khaled gives a pleasant surprise when the words "Coinbase" and "cryptocurrency" are suddenly mentioned.

“One and Only” by J Hus (feat. Ella Mai)

In this song, J Hus chants the potential of crypto in the future with the lyrics, "We stop usin' cash now we usin' crypto."

Banking on Bitcoin

This documentary directed by Christopher Cannucciari shows us the use case of bitcoin in our lives and the future of money. This was created back in 2016 in New York City.

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin

This documentary directed by Nicholas Mross shows Bitcoin's progress over the years, including the wild price swings and controversial events.

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