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Friday, July 22, 2011

Top Five Reasons the Winklevoss Twins Really Are "Assholes"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge The Winklevii
  • The Winklevii

Readers, we have never met Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. The pair come off as douchebags -- albeit somewhat righteously angered douchebags -- in The Social Network, the 2010 movie that offered a very liberally construed version of Facebook's foundation myth. But was there any truth to this portrayal?

Larry Summers, who was president of Harvard University when the Winklevii and Mark Zuckerberg attended, seems to think so. At a conference put on by Fortune magazine, Summers called the twins "assholes." To wit: "One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o'clock, there are two possibilities," he said. "One is that they're looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an asshole. This was the latter case."

What evidence is there to back up Summers' assertion? In the public interest, we have scoured the hothouse world of meaningless media and tech gossip for some reasons for the Winklevii's assholiness. Here's what we found:

click to enlarge Harvard, a haven for assholes
  • Harvard, a haven for assholes

1. They went to Harvard. Harvard is full to the gills with assholes (some of whom will probably assail us for the preceding mixed metaphor), as anyone knows who has watched Legally Blonde. Former Vice President Al Gore went to Harvard; despite, or perhaps because of, his self-aggrandizing mass-media prophecies on climate change, he just seems like kind of an asshole. So does U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a graduate of Harvard Law School. Statistically, the Winklevii are simply more likely to be assholes based on their educational backgrounds.

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