Bob Ross Died Fighting Profit-Driven Vultures Only For Them To Turn Him Into A Funko Pop NFT

Bob Ross Died Fighting Profit-Driven Vultures Only For Them To Turn Him Into A Funko Pop NFT

Beloved painter Bob Ross died in 1995 due to complications from lymphoma, but before he passed away he made it very clear to the world that he didn’t want his likeness used for profit. But recently, Pop figurine maker Funko went in on the hot new digital grift by turning turned Ross into an NFT that’s purchasable on December 21.

This grift is the antithesis to what Bob Ross wanted. Just before passing, he made significant changes to his will to prevent capitalists from profiting off him after death. More specifically, he wanted his family–Steve, his son, and half-brother, Jimmie Cox–to retain the rights to his name, image, and likeness (NIL). Things got messy when Cox allegedly relinquished his rights to the company, and once it was all said and done, Ross’ business partners, Annette and Walt Kowalski, took control of the entire estate. The Kowalski’s wanted that all along, sending Ross a threatening fax just days before the final Joy of Painting episode aired. From his deathbed and even beyond the grave, Ross sought to fight against those looking to benefit.

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And now, we get digital Bob Ross Pop NFTs, which you can purchase directly from the digital Funko website. There are two packs available, one for $US10 ($14) and another for $US30 ($42), though why anyone would do this is beyond me. The standard bundle comes with five digital Pop cards, while the more expensive premium pack contains 15, all viewable through platforms called Droppp and TokenHead, which house NFTs for purchase via the blockchain.

We’ve reached out to Funko for comment and will update if we hear back.

As you can imagine, people online are very pissed about this — and for good reason. This isn’t what Ross wanted, as evidenced by how difficult he tried (and ultimately failed) to make it for vultures circling his fame. There’s an entire Netflix documentary that dropped in August detailing the perils of Bob Ross’ estate, with confessionals from Steve about Ross’ last wishes.

The thing about capitalists, though, is they don’t care. If you make money, they will exploit you for all eternity. As such, Ross has since shown up in everything from films like Deadpool 2 to shows such as Family Guy. He even made an appearance as a playable champion in the MOBA Smite, and now he’s a collectible NFT. The world is truly going to shit.

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A strain on the planet’s finite resources, NFTs are popping up everywhere. Celebrities are peddling them. Artists are digging them. Even game studios are getting into them despite not understanding how they work at all. And now we live in a hell where Ghost Recon: Breakpoint features an NFT that you could get for free if you play over 600 hours of the open-world shooter.


  • “The thing about capitalists, though, is they don’t care. If you make money, they will exploit you for all eternity.”

    Bob Ross wishes he had a brush as broad as the one you paint with.

        • Look, capitalism in theory (and practice for a regular guy who isn’t behaving like a predatory, replicating bacterial) isn’t inherently bad. I’m just gonna use the example of how it is for me personally here (so Im not generalising anyone else). I exchange my time, effort and sweat (plus sometimes a little blood- cuz I’m a tad clumsy) and in exchange I get money (something I don’t personally crave unless I’m 100% broke), an unfortunately necessary evil that I use to buy all the shit I need to live and a lot of stuff I don’t need as well. The accompanying agreement with those that are supposed to govern our massive, varied and chaotic masses is that if I give them a percentage of that cash, they should be keeping our infrastructure fixed, our neighbourhood and country safe n prosperous and the impoverished fed and sheltered and healthy enough that they can try to improve their situation. That’s the plan at least. If you’re saying ” I know all this”, gnawnborg, you should be smart enough to figure out the author’s implications but if not, I’ll throw you a bone, ok? Those in a capitalist society that feel that the exchange of work for wealth and focus almost entirely all their efforts to exploiting loopholes, semantics and schemes to maximize their moolah – to a disgustingly unethical level (legal or not) and stepping on the heads, hearts and dreams of all around them (the worst practitioners of capitalism in other words) are what the author are referring to here. But Ive seen you post before. You’re a smart guy and you already knew that’s what the article meant. So Mr gnawnborg I ask you this. Aside from giving me something to do on a long train ride home, what your little theatre of playing dumb and getting indignant at an attack on “muh capitalism” aim to achieve?

          • I was hoping to get a condescending reply from someone who believes they’re smarter than everyone else, and loves to sniff their own farts. Mission accomplished I guess.

    • No, Bob Ross wished his likeness was not abused for profit after his death.

      … and he then became an NFT and a Microtransaction.

      The weirdest thing is they are profiteering from his cult/meme status. Not his paintings, or his books, or trying to remaster or re-release his TV series… making crude chatactures of him for quick buck.

      • I’m not disagreeing with that… It’s a gross thing to do. I think plenty of other capitalists would also feel that way.

  • “The thing about capitalists, though, is they don’t care. If you make money, they will exploit you for all eternity.”

    How old are you seriously? This kind of naive nonsense is really out of place in any paid piece.

    Aren’t you exploiting Bob Ross’s image in exactly the same way? So that make syou just as much of an evil capitalist? Even more so if you’re a freelancer.

    Any sympathy I had for your message completely evaporated the moment you start dribbling this 1st year Philosophy student nonsense.

    If you can’t take yourself seriously, at least take your readers seriously.

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