Ben McKenzie (left) played Ryan Atwood in the hit TV show “The O.C.”

  • A star from “The O.C.” has written an article slamming celebrities who push crypto coins on their fans.
  • Ben McKenzie, who played Ryan in the show, said the “Hollywoodization of crypto is a moral disaster.”
  • He said crypto is highly dangerous, and many celebrities are “promoting the financial equivalent of Russian roulette.”
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In the hit early-2000s TV show “The O.C.”, Ryan Atwood was a kid from the wrong side of the tracks with a strong moral compass.

Now Ben McKenzie, the actor who played him, has channeled Ryan and taken a principled stance on cryptocurrencies, criticizing his fellow celebrities for shilling risky tokens to unsuspecting amateur investors.

“The Hollywoodization of crypto is a moral disaster,” McKenzie wrote in an article in Slate on Thursday. The piece slammed celebrities such as Kim Kardashian for “promoting the financial equivalent of Russian roulette.”

Kardashian posted an Instagram story in June encouraging her 250 million followers to buy into a little-known cryptocurrency called ethereum max, which has since plunged. The post earned Kardashian a ticking off from the UK financial regulator, which said she was putting retail investors’ money at risk.

McKenzie said celebrities – especially those such as Kardashian, who he said is “400 times more famous than me” – should be far more responsible about…

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