December is a festive month for most cultures around the globe, but yesterday was an especially jolly day on Twitter. People were mirthful and friendly and humorous, and all it took for them to bond together into such a united whole was the arrest of a despised pharmaceutical CEO by the name of Martin Shkreli.
I sometimes wish we could write headlines as caustic as this tweet. It gets right to the point: Shkreli is disliked because, firstly, his company cranked up the price of an HIV-treating drug by 5,500 percent ("price gouging"), and secondly, he's remained completely unrepentant about it ("fuck-tard"). As to attention whoring, Shkreli has a habit of posting multi-hour live streams of himself doing not much at all, plus he splashed out $2 million to buy the only copy of Wu-Tang's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album.
I guess my fantasy of Shkreli as Trump's maximum-troll vp pick looks less likely now— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) December 17, 2015
The disgust at Shkreli's avariciousness has been so strong that he's inevitably drawn comparisons and analogies to another widely derided figure: Donald Trump.
The universal sense on social media has been that Shkreli got his rightful comeuppance for being a greedy asshole. One of the most lyrical responses came from a Verge reader on Facebook, summarizing it as "pharmabro gets karma, bro." The arrest of Shkreli is for hedge fund fraud and doesn't relate to the price-gouging practices that brought him notoriety, but for believers in karma, that's beside the point.
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy There's vomit on his sweater already, martin shkreli pic.twitter.com/10JfxNxngo— Caro (@socarolinesays) December 17, 2015
Easily the best caption to photos of Shkreli walking out in handcuffs and a hoodie is this stanza from Eminem's Lose Yourself. Amusingly, multiple people have tweeted the same joke, resulting in a minor ruckus over its original authorship. I'd like to think that more than one person was smart enough to replace "mom's spaghetti" with "Martin Shkreli."
Giving free markets a bad name, Shkreli may now get his tail in jail without any bail. Merry Christmas, Martin. https://t.co/3f0H8PCDe0— Anthony Mascia (@techROIadvisor) December 17, 2015
The Christmas and rhyming theme reaches its pinnacle with this excellent combo tweet.
Once in a great great while, I do something nice. https://t.co/cMd8yIibfw— God (@TheTweetOfGod) December 17, 2015
Even God Himself took the time out of his busy schedule to confirm it was all His doing.
Literally nobody supported you. https://t.co/Gieoab2dBt— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 18, 2015
And lest Martin Shkreli thought his ordeal was over upon returning home, the ever-vigilant Twitterverse was ready with a sharp retort reminding him that nothing's been forgiven.