Friday, September 25, 2015

Shut Up Fool Awards-Fall's Here Edition

Equinox diagram
For those of us in the northern hemisphere, Wednesday naked the first day of the fall equinox, which was hard for us to tell in Houston because it hit 90 degrees for our high temp that day.

For my Aussie readers and everyone in the Southern Hemisphere, it was the first day of spring.

But eventually the temps will start cooling down in H-town as the days get shorter and I'm at the point I'm walking around in shorts on Christmas Day as y'all further north are freezing your azzes off.

It's Friday, so let's go straight to our usual TransGriot business and call out fools.

Honorable mention number one is WGN-TV in Chicago, that wished their viewers a happy Yom Kippur by posting a stock photo graphic of a Nazi holocaust star of David emblem  during a segment about the Jewish High Holiday.

Hope there is an opening in their graphics department after this inexcusable screw up.

Honorable mention number two is the Tom Joyner Morning Show for engaging in gleeful on air transphobia while discussing what happened to trans woman Shadi Petosky at the Orlando airport.

It isn't the first time that the TJMS has been guilty of on air transphobia, and they need to realize that some of the 11 million people who tune in to the TJMS are Black trans peeps,our allies and the people who love us and I said this after calling them out about that 2013 incident.

I like a good joke from time to time, enjoy some of the TJMS bits that happen on the show along with your commentators thought provoking commentary that sometimes inspires my TransGriot posts.  But belittling or joking about trans peoples lives doesn't help especially when we are struggling to gain human rights coverage and have our humanity respected. '--TransGriot June 19, 2013
That was true in 2013, and it's even more important now.
Honorable mention mention three is a group award for every conservafool who has attacked Pope Francis while he has been in the US telling the truth about them.  As Shepard Smith said on FOX Noise recently "Those angered by the pope's call for caring about the poor and the environment should consult a mirror."

Honorable mention number four is rapper Waka Flocka Flame, who let loose some transphobic comments during a recent radio interview.  What boo boo kitty, you mad because the local trans women won't give you the time of day?  You flapping your gums like you did won't help that situation.

Honorable mention number five is Kanye West, who opened his mouth and let something stupid fly out of it again by saying Ben Carson is 'brilliant'.

As a neurosurgeon, no doubt about it.  As a politician?  Hell naw.

Honorable mention number six is Minister Louis Farrakhan, who opened his mouth and made the comment that it was Jay Z's duty to make Beyonce cover up.


This week's runaway SUF loser  winner is Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager that runs Turing Pharmaceuticals.  He bought the rights to the 62 year old drug Daraprim and jacked up the price 4000% overnight on a lifesaving drug that treats parasitic infections for cancer and HIV/AIDS patients.

Until Turing Pharmaceuticals bought the rights to Daraprim, it cost $18 a pill.  The price was raised  to $750 a pill for one that he admitted in a Bloomberg interview costs $1 to make.

“We needed to turn a profit on the drug,” Shkreli said. “The companies before us were just giving it away… the price of a course of treatment to save your life was only $1000 and we know, these days, cancer drugs can cost $100,000 or more.”

 What was Shkreli's reaction when the outrage started?    "Daraprim is still underpriced relative to its peers."  

And it got worse from there PR wise.

Really? Greed it not good in this situation, you wannabee Gordon Gekko, and karma will kick you in the azz with her stilettos sooner and not later.

Martin Shkreli, shut up fool

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