TRON vs Ethereum: Justin Sun and Vitalik Buterin Go to War Over Avocados

Justin Sun and Vitalik Buterin went to war on Twitter on Tuesday, as the Tron and Ethereum founders had a very public disagreement about avocados.

The avocados in question were metaphorical, and in this case referred to BitTorrent, and Tron’s acquisition of the torrenting firm in 2018. The coins of the respective platforms showed little to no movement on Tuesday, each moving less than 1% in either direction on the day.

TRON’s Justin Sun: ‘I Own All the Avocados!’

On Tuesday an article appeared on Twitter claiming to portray Vitalik Buterin’s wholesome praise of BitTorrent, and by extension the Tron (TRX) ecosystem. The article was tweeted out by a member of that Tron ecosystem, in an obviously pointed ruse aimed at Buterin.

The founder of Ethereum soon responded, and pointed out that the source of the interview in question was from a year before Tron’s acquisition of BitTorrent in 2018. Buterin tweeted:

“That interview was from Aug 2017. Tron acquired bittorrent in July 2018. My praise for bittorrent had nothing to do with Tron. This is like implying that because I like avocados, I approve of everyone who has ever bought an avocado.”

Buterin is referring to Tron’s purchase of BitTorrent – a purchase that was never without controversy for various reasons.

Within hours the founder of Tron appeared on the Twitter thread to rile things up. Justin Sun tweeted:

“We all love avocados. I acquired all avocado farms and reached to monopoly. Now if you still love avocados you have to listen to me. However, I am happy to give you free avocados for sure!”

Was that an offer to send Vitalik some BTT tokens? Or perhaps a warning that Sun will ban him from using BitTorrent?

Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin Returns Trolling

In reply to being warned off his favourite fruit, Buterin came back with a retweet from Q2 of 2018, back when Tron was valued at $2 billion, and Sun was trying to push it higher. Sun had tweeted out seven reasons why Tron was better than Ethereum:

“1. 10000TPS vs. 25TPS

  1. zero fee vs. high fee
  2. consistent Coinburn vs. no coinburn
  3. Java vs. Solidity
  4. strong extensibility vs. no ex.
  5. 1 billion USD developers rewards vs. no plan
  6. 100 million users vs. small number.”

Buterin added an eighth reason of his own, and it was this that he retweeted on Tuesday:

“8. Better white paper writing capability (Ctrl+C + Ctrl+V much higher efficiency than keyboard typing new content).”

That dig refers to the fact that Tron’s whitepaper was ripped off from other crypto whitepapers from the time, as covered in CCN last year.

The public spat between the heads of the multi-billion dollar projects had little effect on the wider market place. At time of writing, major avocado stock prices remained largely unchanged.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Greg Thomson is a freelance writer who contributes to leading cryptocurrency and blockchain publications like CCN, Hacked, and others.