We don’t abide fake news here on ohmidog!, so we shall not be reporting, at least not with any authority, on reports that the man with the smirk you love to hate — ex-pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli — had dog poop hurled in his face at a speaking event Friday.
We can’t report that as fact, which is a shame, because few more deserve poop in their face than the man who drew national attention in 2015 when his company jacked up the price of a life-saving drug from $13.50 to $750 per pill.
TMZ reported unequivocally that the substance hurled was dog poop, while the New York Post said it “reportedly” happened — said report being a Twitter post showing Shkreli having something thrown in his face.
The attack came at a speaking engagement scheduled at UC Davis — with a line up apparently conceived by (as the old Weekly World News used to call him) the Devil himself.
The discussion was to have featured Shkreli and Breitbart columnist/troll/hate speaker extraordinaire Milo Yiannopoulos. Who better to inspire impressionable young minds?
If you don’t believe intellectual thought in this country has been taken over by professional wrestling promoters, consider this: The UC Davis event was one many college campus visits that are part of a “Dangerous Faggot” tour by Yiannopolous.
Actually it wasn’t the devil himself who arranged the event, but the Davis College Republicans Club. The event was canceled after protesters barricaded the venue’s entrance, which resulted in one person getting arrested, according to a university statement.
Yiannopoulos calls himself “the internet’s most fabulous supervillain.” He has also been called the poster boy for new alt right, and his vicious Twitter feeds are filled with racist slurs and bigoted commentary.
Among his more recent victims was actress Leslie Jones.
Shkreli was invited to appear with Yiannopoulos on the UC Davis stop of his tour.
Its upcoming stops include UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Colorado, and University of Washington.
As for the exact substance Shkreli was showered with, he told Mashable in an email that his security team determined what was thrown were leaves.
“The lack of smell, stain or other obvious findings eliminates the possibility,” Shkreli said.
“There was no poop thrown,” he added, bashing initial reports as “fake news.”
Apparently, while he has no problem with fake and outlandish pricing for pharmaceuticals, fake news is bad in his eyes.
Shkreli resigned as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals after his arrest on charges of security fraud.