Martin Shkreli Says Drug Price Hike Hasn't Hurt His Dating Game

Martin Shkreli Says Drug Price Hike Hasn't Hurt His Dating Game
Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical CEO who's been called the "most hated man in America," drew further criticism on Saturday after claiming in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread that a "very, very" long line awaited anyone looking to score a date with him. The hedge fund vet and Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO drew widespread criticism in September for hiking the price of Daraprim, a drug used to treat patients with AIDS, by more than 5,000%.

Shkreli was far from humble when fielding questions from the Reddit community. When Reddit user aknickersmirthful asked, "How can I get a date with you? :)," Shkreli wrote, "Get in a very, very long line."

For several hours on Saturday, Shkreli responded to hundreds of Redditors' inquires, comments, insults and questions. During that time, he both defended himself and admitted fault, spoke in broad strokes about the state of the pharmaceutical industry and generally deflected his critics. 

At one point, Reddit user Empigee posed the question, "How have you and your public relations team dealt with the recent controversy?" Shkreli responded, "Poorly."

In September, Shkreli raised the price of one Daraprim pill from $13.50 to $750. It's a drug thought to be life-saving to those with AIDS. On Oct. 16, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders rejected a $2,700 donation from Shkreli. 

Shkreli seemed unfazed by the constant flow of insults from redditors. He said the AMA was "going amazingly well" and thanked redditors for their "understanding" and "support."

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Liz Rowley

Liz is a staff writer at Mic, covering breaking news. She is based in New York and can be reached at lrowley@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Warrant suggests Justine Damond may have slapped police cruiser before she was fatally shot

The officers involved in the shooting remain on paid administrative leave.

House passes new sanctions against Russia by an enormous margin

The bill also places limits on Trump’s power to ease or end penalties against Russia.

Paul Manafort is meeting with Senate investigators. Here’s what we know about his Russia ties.

Paul Manafort has Russia links dating back more than 10 years.

Yes, Donald Trump can fire Robert Mueller. Here’s how he can do it.

It's a complicated process, and it could get messy, but he can do it.

Charlie Gard’s parents say they want to take their son home to die

The parents are returning to court to fight for their right to take their son home.

Vatican shuts off historic fountains in the midst of devastating drought

Officials say it's the first time they can recall ever shutting off the Vatican's fountains.

Warrant suggests Justine Damond may have slapped police cruiser before she was fatally shot

The officers involved in the shooting remain on paid administrative leave.

House passes new sanctions against Russia by an enormous margin

The bill also places limits on Trump’s power to ease or end penalties against Russia.

Paul Manafort is meeting with Senate investigators. Here’s what we know about his Russia ties.

Paul Manafort has Russia links dating back more than 10 years.

Yes, Donald Trump can fire Robert Mueller. Here’s how he can do it.

It's a complicated process, and it could get messy, but he can do it.

Charlie Gard’s parents say they want to take their son home to die

The parents are returning to court to fight for their right to take their son home.

Vatican shuts off historic fountains in the midst of devastating drought

Officials say it's the first time they can recall ever shutting off the Vatican's fountains.