The Ethereum Name Service (ENS) community voted over the weekend to remove Brantly Millegan as a steward and Director of Operations, due to a 2016 tweet that just resurfaced. He will also be fired from his role as director of operations for True Names Ltd, the DAO’s legal company.
The tweet contained beliefs that are sure to rile up controversy. “Homosexual actions are terrible,” Millegan stated in the tweet and went on to say that “There is no such thing as transgenderism. Abortion is a kind of murder. Contraception is a form of deviance. Masturbation and pornography are also prohibited.”
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 open to working with and becoming friends with a diverse group of people. He has stated that traditional Christians, Muslims, and Jews should not be excluded from Web 3, and he has received words of support from persons who identify as traditional followers of these faiths.
The Ethereum Name Service (ENS) DAO community delegates voted to remove Millegan from his position with a majority vote in favor as of late Sunday Pacific time. Brantly would also be removed from the DAO’s corresponding legal entity, according to Nick Johnson, ENS’s Founder and Lead Developer.
The vote was not unanimous as some delegates warned about the perils of cancel culture and the absurdity of a decentralized service centered around the voice of one person.
Johnson said in 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.”
Brantly has yet to provide a new comment regarding the situation. ENS was quick to fire Brantly, but the situation sure could prove harmful to the community. We are yet to know the entire details of what has unfolded.