Why do we Glorify a Scammer?
Doesn't anyone question why we glorify a man named Jordan Belfort, "The Wolf of Wall St," who defrauded more than 1,500 investors out of $200 million?
And these investors were just ordinary people trying to support their families. Some had their life savings stripped away so Jordan Belfort could snort cocaine and fuck hookers, and some killed themselves.
Leonardo DiCaprio glorified this situation by accident by being a good actor, and Jordan took full advantage of it. He now parades around on podcasts and writes books giving advice to money-hungry young investors.
People that look up to Jordan Belfort are completely blinded by greed. He currently pretends that he paid back damages and does not scam anymore. People killed themselves because of him, so the first part about him paying people back makes no sense. And the recorded amount he paid back is barely 50% of the stolen funds (that were known about).
None of these stolen funds were put to good use; they went straight to over-priced food in steakhouses, drugs and alcohol, just like in the movie.
Jordan should be in jail, but instead, many other men around the world think it's okay to do what he does.
And why? Because Leonardo DiCaprio played him in a movie. And I can't lie; Leo is really cool. But when you look at the fact that people killed themselves and Jordan served a few years in jail for it, it's hard to look past. And now he eats more from the fame by pretending to have learned from his past.
How about we look up to better people moving forward? Movies like this should not be glorified; they will incentivize bad behaviour.