The face above belongs to Martin Shkreli, who was subpoenaed to testify before Congress over last September’s decision as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals to raise the price for Daraprim, an antiparasitic commonly used to treat HIV patients, from $13.50 to $750 a pill. Shkreli bought the 60-year-old drug from Impax Laboratories in August for $55 million and swiftly raised its price. Three months later he stepped down from that position in December following his arrest on securities fraud charges. He is now free on $5 million bail.
He is probably the less able to justify that face above, which he displayed to the elected representatives of the United States of America on earth while refusing to testify, repeatedly citing his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself. Nobody could justify that face, of course; not a ten year old brat, and definitely not a greedy, narcissist corporate executive and predator. In a setting where he should be humble and remorseful, he was defiant and disrespectful. The face is an affront to the entire nation and everyone in it.
“I call this money blood money … coming out of the pockets of hardworking Americans,” an enraged Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said, as Shkreli smirked. “I know you are smiling, but I am very serious, sir. I truly believe you can become a force of tremendous good. All I ask is that you reflect on it. No, I don’t ask, I beg that you reflect on it. “
Fat chance. After he was dismissed in disgust by the committee, Shkreli tweeted,
“Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government.”
The man is a fick,* of course, but not just any fick. He is a master fick, a super fick, the fick of ficks.
And he has the most unethical face there can be. Such a face longs for the treatment administered by the Duke, in the immortal moment from “McClintock!” I never tire of viewing:
*Named for the horrible Leroy Fick, fick is the ethics alarms term for someone who is openly and outrageously unethical and completely without shame about it.