Bloomberg recently published a piece of upper-crust lifestyle porn titled “Art on the Superyachts: Beware of Wine Corks and Unruly Children” that, from its title alone, seemed algorithmically designed to please the rich and enrage the rest.
And it did just that.
Yacht owners with priceless art need to beware of flying champagne corks https://t.co/gqOpAhyIYd— Bloomberg (@business) February 3, 2019
In a country with the sort of ghastly, yawning wealth disparities of the United States it’s flat out disgusting that the elite classes remain unaffected by the masses struggling outside their gates and instead have 1% problems like, uh, cork damage to their, uhh, priceless paintings on their, UHHHH, superyachts.
This type of cluelessness was basically the bat signal summoning Gotham’s newest hero, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to respond, and respond she did.
AOC blasted the priorities of a society that allows such extreme wealth to exist alongside extreme poverty calling the current state of affairs “dystopian.”
People are using GoFundMe to beg for insulin while this is happening in the same time and place. ⬇️— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 3, 2019
It’s no wonder logical, compassionate ideas are called “radical” when the present is dystopian.
We’re living in the upside-down, asking for the rightside-up. https://t.co/TzY7elAlxs
In a reference to Netflix’s “Stranger Things” she said we’re living in “the upside-down”, a horrifying bizarro world in which (in our case) people setting up GoFundMes to pay for their basic medical care is considered normal while common sense social welfare policies are considered “radical.”
Indeed, conservatives hate and fear (and are secretly attracted to) Ocasio-Cortez because she talks about “radical” things like taking money from those who don’t need it and giving it to those who desperately do.
A wacky idea called taxes.
AOC is so vocal and so visible that she’s helped push the conversation about income inequality that Bernie Sanders jumpstarted in 2016 rapidly forward to the point where the majority of leading Democrats are now talking about Medicare for all and a Green New Deal as if they supported such measures all along.
Ocasio-Cortez was far from the only one outraged by the insultingly tone-deaf article about the insultingly wealthy ruling class.
wHy DO MiLLenIals SuPPOrT sOcIaliSM? https://t.co/IkIxxUdKJr— No More Billionaires 2020? (@maxberger) February 3, 2019
Double the estate tax https://t.co/JUmAjXwT17— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) February 3, 2019
At what point do we begin eating the rich?— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) February 3, 2019
Asking for a friend ? https://t.co/HqzRoy7FCx
If you are dumb enough to...— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) February 3, 2019
-buy “priceless” art
-buy a yacht
-store your art on your yacht
-aim a champagne bottle at your art
-not know how to open champagne
...then you deserve what’s coming to you. https://t.co/JI4BbQOu2s
The diamond earrings my purebred horse wears got spattered with caviar and now everything is just RUINED https://t.co/9Mp4Sy7MjI— Sarah Wine-Thyre ???️? (@SarahThyre) February 3, 2019
I suspect the Bloomberg social team has a running competition for most guillotine replies https://t.co/ZZocBj56il— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) February 3, 2019
Nice to see Howard Schultz finally talk about his policy proposals https://t.co/87wFpFtn35— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) February 3, 2019
hey anybody know some pirates I can patreon— Patrick Blanchfield (@PatBlanchfield) February 3, 2019
There's a solution here pic.twitter.com/bvFE4G5GEo— aaaaaaaaaa (oh no) (@trashbearsinc) February 3, 2019
Can we raise the top marginal tax rate to 100% https://t.co/v2466huta6— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) February 3, 2019
when i clicked this article, it told me i needed a dinner jacket to read it— ? (@northriver) February 3, 2019
Tell me again how billionaires need tax cuts https://t.co/EiGIrWzPoo— jordan (@JordanUhl) February 3, 2019
Dear God, tax the rich.— NICKinNOVA (@NICKinNOVA) February 3, 2019