PharmaBro? More Like PharmaJackass! (TWEETS)

On the evening of February 13, 2016, former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin “PharmaBro” Shkreli, in the news for his exorbitant price gouging on antiparasitic drug Daraprim, his recent arrest for securities fraud and his flippant behavior whilst testifying before Congress, lit up Twitter with a series of shrill, frantic tweets, claiming that he had been grifted out of $15 million in Bitcoins by a mysterious character named Daquan after sending him the currency to purchase the exclusive rights to the Kanye West album The Life Of Pablo.




The next day, he seemed a little less frantic. At least he wasn’t screaming in all uppercase.

His mood then swung to petulance. 

He then offered some bravado.

Around this time, PharmaBro hosted a live chat in which he offered theatrical but unconvincing displays of anguish and despondency, bringing to mind some of the more histrionic characters played by the late great Rik Mayall. During the chat, a he left one of his credit cards exposed to the camera. The information on the card was shared via Twitter, and a 4chan member used the card to buy about $1200 worth of water-based personal lubricant to be delivered to Martin Shkreli sometime between February 19 and 24, 2016.

The day afterward, The Next Web reported that PharmaBro’s tale of Daquan, the Kanye West album and the lost Bitcoins turned out to be hogwash, citing the fact that Sitoshi Nakamoto, name-checked by Shkreli as the creater of Bitcoin, only exists as a pseudonym for the real founder, and the fact that there was no record of any transaction that would correspond with the $15 million loss that Martin Shkreli claimed to have took.

Bizarre? Oh, no doubt. Nonetheless, the more we see Martin “PharmaBro” Shkreli overcompensate for his shame regarding his less than plush upbringing in Brooklyn with reckless shenanigans, the harder it becomes to feel sympathetic for him. Plus, there’s no denying that as tiresome as he is with his arrogance, you can’t help but be intrigued about what kind of trouble he will find himself in next.

Then again, who wouldn’t be fascinated by such a dynamic train wreck?




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