Martin “Pharma Bro” Shkreli is having a terrible day. First, his attorney told a Manhattan judge that he often wanted to “punch him in the face,” and then Shkreli cried in court before receiving a seven-year sentence — all after he lost his rare Wu-Tang Clan album. Of course, no one feels bad for the guy who jacked up the price of a life-saving malaria, AIDS, and cancer drug by 5000%.
As a result, people are celebrating everywhere and preparing to toast to what they consider to be a fine dose of Friday-delivered comeuppance. Since Shkreli rose to infamy, he’s trolled the universe and threatened many people, including Hillary Clinton, while also stalking female journalists and generally acting like a pain in the world’s butt. Naturally, the first thought on many people’s minds was to question whether there would ever be available footage of Shkreli openly weeping in a closed courtroom.
And of course, there were celebrations as well as jokes about increasing the price of tissues by 5000% overnight.
However, the subject matter turned dark when folks pointed out that justice wasn’t entirely served here. That is to say, Shkreli’s infamy for drug price-gouging wasn’t what resulted in prosecution — he only got in trouble for defrauding hedge fund investors. So, a prison-bound “Bro” is a bittersweet spectacle to behold.