Some of the ideas that were proposed in the dumpster fire of a space hosted by Alisha:
- Decentralised safe space. What? ENS is for everyone, if you want a safe space please create a private chat group. The term Decentralised safe space is an oxymoron. You cannot be both a safe space with an echo chamber of views you share, and also decentralised sharing different world views at the same time. The fact that one of the public faces of ENS Alisha promotes this is a dangerous trend.
- Someone called mec went on a rant on how Brantly should be forced to sell his coins. What? Do you even understand crypto? Going through her profile, she is a 2021 NFT promoter. Expected views from these kind who have usurped crypto in the last year. Its quite obvious she doesn’t know what crypto is, let alone what ENS is except having a domain because it the “cool” thing to do. Why are such people allowed a voice in the DAO?
- One gay person who supported Brantly’s right to state his views was called names and abused.
- Someone said gay people should be paid reparations from the ENS treasury because of this incident.
Ironically, the entire space sounded like a church sermon. People were calling to de-platform brantly from web3 for what he said on a web2 website, and had nothing to do with his merit. Talking about forcing a holder to sell his token is as anti-crypto and anti-decentralisation a view as any I have ever heard. People who promote that should not be allowed a voice of legitimacy especially by a protocol like ENS that aims to promote decentralisation. Yet, this is what Alisha did.
I am from an Islamic majority country with a population of 250 million people. In neighbouring countries like Singapore and Malaysia which are some of the financial and crypto capitals of the region, being queer is illegal by law. The views that Brantly posted are the norm here and have been for years, both according to religious beliefs as well as local customs and traditions. ENS is not just a space for queer Americans to participate, if the community is really inclusive it will consider the prevalent traditions and customs from countries across the world where many ENS users are situated.
If you want a safe space please by all means have your own ENS groups, no one is infringing on that. Please dont foce your American narratives on people that dont have anything to do with it. Being inclusive works both ways - its not a one way street where one set of people can stamp their views on the others.
Diversity by its very meaning allows different and dissenting opinions and accepting that there will be people with the opposite views. And despite differences, working together. This is the essence of diversity. not imposing your views on others. ENS is inclusive and diverse, because it does not prohibit anyone from joining based on societal constructs.
ENS has been very inclusive with trans and gay people - no one has called for their exclusion from the community despite trans/gay activities being illegal in several parts of the world, including major crypto centres. Now all we expect is the trans/queer community to do the same and be inclusive of others who share different views that are a result of their own society and cultural beliefs. Not everyone should be forced to accept Western culture.
In this case, there are literally millions of people across the world who share brantly’s views because of prevailing customs, laws, and societal constructs. Are they all wrong? Should all of them start accepting American views just so they can participate in Web3? It is a ridiculous and absurd proposition.
Decentralisation stands for decentralisation, it’s as simple as that. It does not stand for your feelings.
Pandering to a minority, Alisha is bringing disrepute to ENS among hundreds of million people across the world. who share the views of brantly, because the other side is neither law, nor customs in many parts of the world.
I would ask Alisha to either step down from her position of power and refrain from further actions that bring disrepute to the community.