Twitter Rejoices Over ‘Pharma Bro’ Fraud Conviction

It’s a universal celebration after Martin Shkreli is convicted of securities fraud

Martin Shkreli Invokes Fifth Amendment at Hearing
NY Times

Martin Shkreli, the infamous “Pharma Bro” who became the most hated man in America after his company acquired the license for a critical AIDS medication and raised the price more than 5,000%, is getting an object lesson in the meaning of “schadenfreude” after being convicted Friday morning of securities fraud. And Twitter is popping champagne.

Shkreli was widely disliked not only for his cruel and greedy exploitation of the chronically ill, but for his behavior in the months after he became a household name. For instance, his spending millions to buy the only copy of “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” a very limited edition Wu-Tang Clan Album that he then threatened to delete if Trump lost the 2016 election. At every turn, even as his federal court case proceeded, Shkreli’s public persona was one of carefully crafted smug satisfaction.

So it is that the reaction to Shkreli’s conviction is also defined by smug satisfaction. Read on for a sampling (and feel free to rejoice along with them).

However, before we get too happy, remember this: