When he decided to further his surreal feud with the Wu-Tang Clan by trolling Ghostface Killah, Martin Shkreli probably assumed he would have the upper hand in a battle of making dumb videos for the internet. But today, Ghostface released his response to Shkreli (I Love the 2010s!) and it turns out to be not dumb at all.
A little after 1 a.m. this past Saturday morning, Martin Shkreli did what he does more or less all the time now: he turned on his computer and began livestreaming on YouTube to his small but feverish fanbase. Normally Shkreli might strum his guitar or engage in inane conversations with his viewers, but this time, at least at first, something was different: a woman was sitting on his lap, and later she would use several needles in an attempt to drain a cyst above his elbow.
On Thursday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing on prescription drug prices. The committee has obtained more than 300,000 pages of documents from Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Both have been accused of jacking up the price of necessary drugs (of which they were the sole supplier). Representative Elijah Cummings, the committee’s ranking member, released two memos on Tuesday highlighting the most illuminating emails, public relations strategy outlines, and corporate projections.
It’s turning out to be a historic week for the most embarrassing beefs in the history of rap music. First, of course, B.o.B, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and his nephew dissed each other over the shape of the planet Earth. But they were not to be outdone: now you can avail yourself of Martin Shkreli’s diss of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, though thankfully the pharmaceutical scrooge at least spared us his rapping.
According to court documents filed by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn on Thursday, Martin Shkreli, the price-gounging capitalist super-villain (who may not actually have been a very good business man or criminal), is worth at least $45 million—which explains how he could afford not only to secure $5 million bond but also to buy the $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
In his first interview since bailing himself out on federal fraud charges, pharmaceutical warlord Martin Shkreli told the Wall Street Journal that he was only a big dumb butthead on the internet as a grand social experiment, which given the outcome, seems like it ended up being a very bad experiment.
The arc of Martin Shkreli’s great saga has finally cratered: the famewhore CEO and Wu-Tang collector, who was arrested yesterday on various fraud charges, has stepped down from his position atop Turing Pharmaceuticals, the company at which he infamously hiked prices on an AIDS drug by 5,000 percent.
Before he was hauled away by FBI agents for allegedly using various investors as pawns in what essentially amounted to a long Ponzi scheme, pharmaceutical dillweed Martin Shkreli did what he does frequently: sit in front of his computer and livestream on YouTube nonsensically. As people have gone back and reviewed his last hours of freedom, two puzzling mysteries have emerged from the otherwise banal footage.