Friday, October 12, 2012

Left Side of the Aisle #77 - Part 3

Clown of the Week: CEO whines about how tough it is to be rich

First, an announcement: What had been known as the Clarabell Award will henceforth be known simply as the Clown Award. Clarabell was a noble clown, part of the team on the Howdy Doody show, which if you're too young to remember, it's your loss. But Clarabell was a noble clown, a master of the seltzer bottle, and I don't feel right connecting him to the jackasses that are the targets here. So now it's simply the Clown Award, complete with a new logo - but it will still be given, as always, for acts of meritorious stupidity.

This week's dishonoree is David Siegel, the founder and CEO of the giant timeshare company Westgate resorts.

Why does he get the Clown Award as well as being the Outrage of the Week? Because a good part of the twerpy rant he sent to his employees consists of a long self-pitying whine about how tough he has it, how hard it is for him, what a tough life he’s had getting incredibly rich, how rough it is to have at least hundreds of millions of dollars, how hard it is to be filthy rich, what a burden it is to be such an obviously superior human being who, to quote him, "made all the right decisions." He goes on about the "steep price" he has paid by being incredibly rich and the "wounds" he has suffered becoming incredibly rich.

And he mewls and sniffles and moans about how hard he has it and goes on in this morass of self-pity even as he is engaged in building a 90,000 square foot house.

What a clown.


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