Litecoin LTC/USD creator Charlie Lee praised Elon Musk and the world's first memecoin Dogecoin DOGE/USD for their contributions to the cryptocurrency ecosystem.
What Happened: Lee said during a recent interview that Dogecoin — which he described as “great” and “pretty fun" — drove mainstream adoption of crypto.
Musk played a role in making cryptocurrencies "a mainstream topic," Lee said, according to a Wednesday FXEmpire report.
Musk brought cryptocurrencies into the spotlight of mainstream media after he lead his electric car manufacturer Tesla Inc. TSLA to accept Bitcoin BTC/USD as means of payment for its cars in 2021 and then decided to stop accepting it over environmental concerns soon thereafter.
Musk is also arguably Dogecoin's most notable fan; he frequently tweets about the coin and once even promoted it on Saturday Night Live. At the end of January, he tweeted at the official McDonald's Corp. MCD that he would eat a happy meal on TV if the fast-food chain were to start accepting Dogecoin. The company answered that it would only comply if Tesla accepts “grimacecoin” — a fake coin depicting the McDonaldland mascot Grimace.
Crypto scammers were quick to act and soon thereafter the crypto community saw the creation of Grimacecoin GRIMACE/USD on the Binance Smart Chain BNB/USD, which then skyrocketed 285,000% in under 24 hours.
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