I’d never heard of Dan Bilzerian until the Washington Post notified me of his existence today, but apparently he is a rather average-to-worse narcissistic American man with 23 million followers on Instagram, millions of dollars, and an enormous gun collection. So, a monster.
Bilzerian is in the news now because, as the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, he found himself in the midst of the Las Vegas massacre on Sunday, and, like any good social media addict, immediately began filming himself, including the fact that he fled the scene in a since deleted clip where he proclaims, “I’m headed back. I don’t think there’s much I can do.” In a clip published earlier that night, when Bilzerian was still in the fray, he’s in full macho-idiot mode, saying insensitive tough-guy shit like, “Trying to go grab a gun. I’m fucking headed back…. Saw a girl get shot in the face right next to me, her fucking brains hanging out.”
The deleted clip drew attention when Marine veteran and recent Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer wrote about it: “This is why children shouldn’t classify heroes by their followers or their photos…. Always playing ‘operator dress up’ and so so tough when the cameras are on. A woman just got shot in the head and you are running away filming…. Please stop trying to be someone your [sic] not.”
But to me this seems less like a moment to scold people who run away from legitimately terrifying, traumatizing situations, and more like a great opportunity to ridicule a man who’s just generally the worst.
For instance, now is a ripe moment to point out that Bilzerian has been accused of violence against women twice and lives off his father’s trust fund, according to WaPo. He’s also this guy:
Oof, and this guy:
Wow, alright, I wasn’t aware that was a thing; I associate Sunday with doing laundry and turning my AC on and off a bunch of times. By the way, is he wearing boxers or are his shorts just designed to look like boxers? But why would anyone design shorts to look like boxers? What the fuck is this guy’s problem anyway?