After matching on Tinder, writer presses Martin Shkreli on AIDS drug price hike

On September 30, writer Eve Peyser found a Tinder match in America’s most hated man: Martin Shkreli. Her conversation with the now-infamous CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, which boosted the cost of the drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 late last month, started off relatively tame until Peyser asked the big question: “DTGMAD?” (“Down to give me AIDS drugs?”) Shrelki’s response — “Hope you don’t need em” — set off a short conversation in which Peyser pressed the 32-year-old health care entrepreneur on the indignation the price-hike stirred. He said people were likely outraged at the drug’s cost went up because “they don’t understand it and want to be angry with someone … so someone young and irreverent sounds good.” When Peyser, who writes for The Daily Dot and has been featured at New Inquiry, suggested that people may have briefly recognized “the evils of capitalism” and asked her digital match if he thinks capitalism is an inherently evil system. Not surprisingly, Shkreli said no. “Look at the best capitalists giving all their money away,” he said.

Their conversation came to an end when Peyser asked Shkreli if he considers himself akin to Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who exposed the National Security Agency, but for AIDS drugs. On Twitter, she clarified that she does not see Shkreli as such: “For the record,” she wrote, “@Snowden is bae.”

See the screenshots on Eve Peyser’s Twitter.

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