I’m now convinced that Martin Shkreli is either a very committed performance artist, or he’s auditioning for the part of an absurd villain in a Coen Brothers movie.
Or he has a death wish and wants to get literally murdered in the most entertaining way possible. One of those things.
Shkreli is known as the slimy pharma exec who jacked up the price of AIDS-related drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750.00 and then got arrested for securities fraud charges. While he was at it, he also purchased Wu-Tang Clan’s single-edition, $2 million album “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.”
When reporters asked rapper Ghostface Killah about the situation, he called Martin Shkreli a “shithead” for raising drug prices and said the album should belong to the people. When Shkreli later responded with an angry tweet, he pulled up a picture of him on his phone and said, “This the man I wanna be beefin’, right? The Michael Jackson Nose Kid?”
Now Shkreli, out on $5 million bond, has responded by making a jaw-droppingly ridiculous video of himself, sneering and swishing a glass of expensive red wine while three hired henchmen in masks stand around him yelling threats.
“Most people don’t even try to beef with me. You know why? Nobody’s that dumb. Every one of my enemies, they try to stay anonymous, they try to stay out of it.”
Shkreli went on to say that Ghostface Killah was an old man who lost his relevance, and threatened to erase all of his music from the “Shaolin” album. “I’m going to erase you from the record books of rap. You’ll be done. You’re my son - you have to listen to me. I butter your bread, you understand me?”
He finished by demanded a long letter of apology and mocking him for having weaker goons than Shkreli does. “Stop pretending, stop acting, stop lying. Be real, as your video once said. And don’t ever fucking mention my name again, or there will be more of a price to pay than just this video. I’m out.”
I’m assuming that if Ghostface Killah does say his name again, Shkreli will announce he’s invented a death ray and he’ll wipe out New York City unless he’s paid a trillion dollars or something.