You only have yourself to blame if you’re still somehow unaware of Elizabeth Holmes and the undeniably bonkers story of Theranos. If you’re looking to catch up to the rest of us, however, check into HBO’s The Inventor, which does a fine job of breaking down the Silicon Valley debacle. The Alex Gibney-directed exposé will give you an intimate look at the fraud knowingly perpetrated by Holmes, not to mention her many unsettling eccentricities. It’s such a creep-show that Vulture’s put together a collection of GIFs from the documentary that encapsulate just how unnerving a watch it is.
With her signature black turtle neck, wide, frightened deer eyes, and affected, baritone voice, Holmes could have easily been cast as a late-90s Bond villain. Instead, she was the darling of Silicon Valley, where she convinced investors to dump millions of dollars into an invention that had little to no support from the scientific community. Her personal lack of scientific knowledge didn’t stop Holmes—who dropped out of Stanford at 19 to found Theranos—from posing awkwardly with vaguely scientific materials.
But the moment in the film that goes beyond creepy, straight into pure farce, and then back to creepy again comes towards the end, when Holmes and the Theranos staff celebrate the fact that the FDA approved one of the company’s blood tests. How do you celebrate one of the great scams on tech history? With a little MC Hammer, of course.
The GIF possibilities are truly endless in this film, ensuring that we’ll be staring into Elizabeth Holmes’ dead eyes for years to come.
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