An alleged failed attempt at satire has landed a Hong Kong-based hedge fund manager in hot water after a video showing him appearing to lick his finger and wipe it on a handrail went viral.
Professional hedge fund manager and apparent part-time comedian, Joel Werner, claims the stunt was intended to draw attention to the scourge of fake news.
Werner claims he decided to pull the prank after seeing a video which went viral on Chinese social media purporting to show an American soldier spreading the virus on a subway car in Wuhan, at the heart of a popular conspiracy theory doing the rounds on social media. He later issued a public apology but the damage to his reputation, and that of his company has already been done.
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Amanda Werner is internet famous for their antics at congressional hearings. And yesterday, when the most famous man in the world of the internet met the Senate, Werner decided to try some antics again.
It didn’t work. But Werner isn’t sweating it.
In October 2017, Werner — a public interest lawyer and campaign activist — dressed as the Monopoly Man and sat right behind the witnesses at a congressional hearing over the Equifax data breach. All day on the cable nets, there was Werner, twirling the Monopoly Man’s moustache as the witnesses form Equifax sweated under questioning.
The image went viral, and Werner became something of a celebrity for wonky progressives. On Tuesday, as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sat for his marathon Senate hearing, Werner hoped to replicate the Monopoly Man moment. But this time, Werner was dressed as “Russian Troll.”
VICE News was there as Werner tried and failed to make lightning strike twice. It’s an effort Werner calls a victory.
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