Pretty much everyone was sad to learn this week that the only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan's new album was sold to Martin Shkreli, the 32-year-old pharmaceutical executive who made millions by raising the price of a life-saving anti-parasitic drug by 4,000 percent. Bloomberg broke the news that Shkreli had bought Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for around $2 million, and RZA wasn't very happy about it, telling the outlet that no one in the Clan was aware of Shkreli's reputation before closing the deal and noting that a "significant portion" of the proceeds were donated to charity.
But the internet had a glimmer of hope that the tragedy could be reversed, after Twitter user Rob Wesley posted what seemed like a hilarious clause in the contract. "The buying party also agrees that, at any time during the stipulated 88 year period, the seller may legally plan and attempt to execute one (1) heist or caper to steal back Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which, if successful, would return all ownership rights to the seller," the alleged clause reads. "Said heist or caper can only be undertaken by currently active members of the Wu-Tang Clan and/or actor Bill Murray, with no legal repercussions."
Forget the $2M, this is easily the most interesting part of the whole deal between Wu-Tang and Martin Shkreli. pic.twitter.com/5nSshXhjnJ— Rob Wesley (@eastwes) December 9, 2015
As Vice Sports points out, it's still not clear whether the clause is real or just another internet hoax, though unfortunately, it's probably the latter. Wesley's Twitter feed is full of photoshopped jokes and fake quotes, and he replied with a dispiriting "no comment" when asked about the clause. But RZA apparently hasn't ruled out the prospect of a heist.
We're really getting the urge to call Bill Murray.— RZA! (@RZA) December 11, 2015
One can only hope.