Martin Shkreli is never going to win any public popularity contests. “Pharma Bro”—as he’s mockingly known online—became infamous when, as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, purchased the AIDS medication Daraprim and jacked the cost up 5,500 %. From $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill.
Why? Because he could.
So while it’s safe to say Shkreli will not be in the good graces of many for the foreseeable future—and this is setting aside his indictment for securities fraud, yikes—he should be a bit concerned with one particular enemy he’s recently made.
After learning that Pharma Bro was the guy that purchased the only copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s latest record, “The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” member of the group Ghostface Killah had some choice remarks for him (warning: language.)
Now, it’s probably a wise move to just cover your ears and play the “la-la-la-la” game when Ghostface calls you out in the media, but being the comic book villain that he is, Shkreli couldn’t resist. Not only did he acknowledge the comments, but he responded in this awful, awful video (again: language.)
Foot firmly inserted in mouth, Shkreli proceeds to threaten the rapper and ask for a public apology. It went over about as well as you’d expect.
Fired from Turing Pharmaceuticals. Charged with fraud. Universally loathed. Beefing with a legendary rap artist. Not a good few months for Mr. Shkreli. With this series of events, the only next logical development is a reality show.
We’ll keep you posted.