The real wolves of Wall Street

Posted: 21 January 2014 in Uncategorized
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I went to see Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street over the break—and, as readers know, I didn’t much like it.

Still, I can thank my luck stars I didn’t view it with Steve Perlberg in Manhattan’s financial district.

There’s a lot of talk about how Wall Street has “changed” since the financial crisis. Compliance is up, bonuses are down, the holiday parties are boring.

But you wouldn’t necessarily know that from what these guys were cheering at.

When Belfort — a drug addict who later attempts to remain sober — rips up a couch cushion to get to his secret coke stash, there were cheers.

Then, intercut with Popeye eating spinach, Belfort is irrevocably high on Quaaludes (or “ludes,” a muscle relaxer) and dumps coke into his nose to remedy the situation — more cheers.

The worst, though, mild spoiler alert … At one point later in the movie, the feds get Belfort to wear a wire to implicate others at his firm. Meeting with his No. 2, Belfort slides over a piece of paper: “Don’t incriminate yourself. I am wearing a wire.”

And the crowd goes wild. Don’t rat! Stand by your firm!

Bankers: First of all, don’t cheer in a movie. It’s weird. You can laugh, but no cheering. Second, guffawing while Leo attempts to evade federal indictment doesn’t exactly help America’s perception of your societal value.

Maybe Scorcese’s latest will come to play the same role as Oliver Stone’s 1987 film: an obvious critique of “greed is good” to many of us, but a celebration of that same ethos to the real wolves of Wall Street.

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