Today in internet stories you wish were true but are sadly just another viral joke a bunch of websites misinterpreted as news: The contract that pharmaceutical-industry manipulator Martin Shkreli signed to buy Wu Tang Clan’s new album for $2 million does not actually include a proviso that the Clan can steal it back with the help of Bill Murray, as a viral tweet suggested.
Storyful reports that Rob Wesley’s original tweet of contract text allowing for “one (1) heist or caper to steal back Once Upon a Time in Shaolin … undertaken by currently active members of the Wu-Tang Clan and/or actor Bill Murray, with no legal repercussions” was, unfortunately, fake. The real tell: Wesley’s account is full of jokey Photoshopped documents and “oral histories.”
We all wish Martin Shkreli would get some kind of payback for his relentless pursuit of any and all media attention, but it’s not going to be the next Ocean’s 11. But maybe the guys will take inspiration from the tweet and do it anyway?