4chan owner Hiroyuki Nishimura responded to pharmaceutical entrepreneur and internet villain Martin Shkreli’s interest in joining the company’s board of directors, acknowledging Shkreli publicly before taking their conversation private.
“I’m open to joining the Board of Directors of 4Chan,” declared Shkreli in a series of posts to Twitter on Sunday. “I am businessman from America we have matters to discuss”.
Nishimura, who purchased 4chan last year from the image board’s founder, Christopher “Moot” Poole, replied just a few hours later, tweeting, “I have replied your DM. Thank you for supporting 4chan.”
— ひろゆき, Hiroyuki Nishimura (@hiroyuki_ni) October 2, 2016
The pair have since received a wave of both supportive and hostile comments, with the possibility of Shkreli’s involvement in 4chan generating mixed feelings from users.
“When Martin Shkreli asks to join your board your response should be what office would you like sir,” commented one user encouragingly. “This would be the best thing to ever happen to 4chan!” declared another.
“I would not regulate it,” announced Shkreli during a Periscope livestream, after a viewer asked whether he would place further rules and restrictions on the site. “That’s what people like about 4chan. It should be kept that way. It’s very edgy. It’s very deviant.”
“That’s what people enjoy about the website,” he continued. “Why would you eliminate its biggest strength?”
Shkreli has become infamous in the media over the past year for a series of business decisions, deals, and publicity stunts that have since catapulted him to fame.
Last year, Shkreli became known as “the most hated man in America” after he raised the price of an AIDS drug by 5,000%. In December, he bought the only copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, an unreleased album by the Wu-Tang Clan, for $2 million.