Twitter Gleefully Mocks Pharma Bro Shkreli As He Goes From Easy Street to Hard Time
Martin Shkreli’s biography might call him a former pharmaceutical executive? Or, it might say he was a hedge-fund manager? Perhaps, a start-up CEO? For his obnoxious rich-kid attitude and his frat-boy demeanor, he was dubbed the “Pharma Bro.” He has worn all those hats. What he has consistently been, however, is the Wall Street version of a Kardashian. He is famous for being rich and famous, and for behaving ridiculously as if at the center of an entire universe revolving around him. Last year, Shkreli added a new title: Convicted felon. Today, he added another: Inmate #87850-053. Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Pharma Bro shkreli goes from easy street to hard time
Shkreli first gained notoriety in 2015 when his pharmaceutical company, Turing, raised the price of life-saving HIV drug Daraprim by more than 5000%, from $13.50 per pill to $750.00 per pill. Rather than buckle to public pressure to stop profiting off people’s struggle to stay alive, he took to Twitter to further incite his critics. His tweets are gone, but The Street archived some of his best. You can view them all HERE. Two of them cover some of his favorite subjects, belittling people and making obscene profits. And yes, his Twitter handle was really “Martin The God.”
It’s amazing to see how little most Americans know about pharmaceuticals. Widely used drugs like Sovaldi and Harvoni cost more than ours.
— Martin The God (@MartinShkreli) October 25, 2015
I’ve heard disturbing rumors of capitalists infiltrating the pharmaceutical industry.
— Martin The God (@MartinShkreli) November 17, 2015
Shkreli was called before Congress in February 2016 to address the allegations of price-gouging at the expense of human lives. He snickered and grinned and repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment rights. Finally, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) barked at him,
“It’s not funny, Mr. Shkreli. People are dying, and they’re getting sicker and sicker.”
After his lack of testimony ended, he went back to Twitter to comment,
Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government.
— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 4, 2016
Shkreli was convicted of defrauding investors in his hedge funds, not for price-gouging, which would have been more fitting. He was on bail while awaiting sentencing, but the judge revoked that last August after he offered to pay his Facebook followers $5,000 if they snatched-out some of Hillary Clinton’s hair during one of her book signings. Yes, THAT is the sort of guy he is, the sort who thinks his money makes him omnipotent and makes others serve at his beckon call.
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With Shkreli facing 15 years behind bars, his attorney pleaded with Judge Kiyo Matsumoto to sentence Shkreli based on the crimes he committed and not his public persona,
“He shouldn’t be sentenced simply for being Martin Shkreli. I’m old enough to be his father. There are times I want to hug him … There are times when I want to punch him in the face.”
Well, when your own lawyer is claiming in open court they would like to punch you in the face, you know you are one smarmy little weasel. And he was. Smarmy, psychopathic, arrogant, completely without empathy, and remorseless… Right until he decided it was a smarter sentencing move to be contrite. Nice try.
“What motivates Martin Shkreli is his own image. He can’t just be an average person who fails, like the rest of us…He needs to be mythical, he needs to be larger than life. That image is his mansion, his Maserati.”
Like he fancied himself on Twitter, he needed to be a God. But all that is gone now. His Twitter privileges have been permanently revoked. The judge ordered him to forfeit almost $7.4 million, a Picasso painting, $5 million from a brokerage account, even the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album he once taunted YouTube watchers by promising to play.
During his sentencing, Shkreli cried and begged for leniency:
“There one person to blame for me being here today is me. Not the government. There is no conspiracy to take down Martin Shkreli. I took down Martin Shkreli with my disgraceful and shameful actions. This is my fault. I am no victim here.”
“Do not feel bad for me.”
If tweets like these are any indication, trust me Pharma Bro, no one feels bad for you!
His eyes are cryin
Cellmate’s waitin on him already
Martin Shkreli https://t.co/CwpTBifgyZ
— shauna (@goldengateblond) March 9, 2018
MARTIN SHKRELI: Hey, uh – can I use the toilet?
CELLMATE: Sure – that'll be 750 cigarettes…
— TrivWorks (@TrivWorks) March 9, 2018
What Martin Shkreli did was bad, but I hope nobody jokes about what may happen to him in prison, that would be problematic, especially any jokes about him regretting hiking up the price of the HIV pills. Not funny.
— Limmy's Vines Tour (@DaftLimmy) March 9, 2018
MARTIN SHKRELI: God, I have a pounding headache. Two aspirin, please.
PRISON CANTEEN CLERK: Sure. That'll be seven thousand dollars.
— Ruben Carbajal (@rubencarbajal) March 9, 2018
Martin Shkreli cried as he was sentenced to prison today.
I'd give him a tissue, but it's $1000 each.
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) March 9, 2018
Martin Shkreli gets 7 years, but with the 5,000% mark up, it'll be 350.
— The Opposition (@TheOpposition) March 9, 2018
Martin Shkreli :
"How much for a tube of toothpaste?"
Prison guard :
"They're regularly 50 cents, but for you? $184 000."
— Gord Macey (@GordMacey) March 9, 2018
Condolences to Martin Shkreli's cellmate for the extra 20 years he's gonna get for definitely murdering Martin Skreli
— Mark Agee (@MarkAgee) March 9, 2018
Martin Shkreli's Warden should charge him $25,000 for a pair of prison-issue sandals. #karma
— Nunca Trump (@NeverTrumpTexan) March 9, 2018
Martin Shkreli: Cigarettes are usually sold for $1 a piece but for you that'll be 5K.
— Ron Placone (@RonPlacone) March 9, 2018
Did anyone get a picture of Martin Shkreli crying in court? I need it for my background of everything
— Christian E. Nuñez (@NunezChrise) March 9, 2018
Looking forward to the news that the other prisoners are making Martin Shkreli pay a 5000% markup on potato chips.
— Kashana (@kashanacauley) March 9, 2018
America gonna need that footage of Martin Shkreli crying in court for the memes
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) March 9, 2018
Martin Shkreli's lawyer is asking for 15 months. Can the judge mark that up by 5000% and give him 62.5 years instead?
— Actorwithachip (@ActorwithaChip) March 9, 2018
Featured image photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.
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