On Friday’s show, Stephen Colbert addressed the controversy of EpiPen, the medical device used to treat severe allergic reactions, which was driven up in price dramatically by pharmaceutical company Mylan, resulting in a large consumer backlash and claims of price gouging.
Colbert likened it to another instance involving entrepreneur and pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, who increased the price of an AIDS drug over 5,000 percent.
After showing Shkerli’s photo on screen, Colbert pulled out an EpiPen and this tweet was born.
Martin Shkreli tweeted back, in the tone-deaf manner which we’re all very accustomed to at this point.
The next morning, Colbert replied from his personal Twitter account, and laid down a devastating mic-dropper.