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The 411 Douchebag of the Week: Steve Wynn

April 11, 2016 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz

The 411mania Douchebag of the Week

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of The 411 Douchebag of the Week. I’m Bryan Kristopowitz.


Am I the only person who thinks that NBC’s new doctor show Heartbeat should strive to be more of a dramedy as opposed to a “really important and empowering” show about a badass swashbuckling heart surgeon? Melissa George is generally appealing as the show’s star, but when the show kicks in to “major medical crisis of the week that only Melissa George can solve” mode she becomes incredibly boring as we know that, somehow, she’s going to figure out how to fix whatever’s wrong. The show would be far more interesting if it slowed down and took its time. We don’t need George’s character to kick it into high gear every single week. So far, the best moments have been the first sequence in the pilot episode, where George had to deal with a medical emergency on a plane, and the scenes where young interns follow her around the hospital. Everything else has been gaudy and ridiculous. George’s personal life is sort of interesting (a gay ex-husband, some sort of brewing hospital low triangle) but none of it feels “real” or part of the world that she lives in. It’s just stuff that’s happening.

So how does NBC “fix” the show? Make it a half-hour show. Make it more about George’s relationships in the hospital and less about the major medical procedure she has to perform this week. And make it funnier. It doesn’t need to become Scrubs or anything like that, but the show should definitely figure out how to be funnier. I think more people would check it out.


ABC’s new “Shondaland” show, The Catch, is just horrible. The cast is okay but the premise of the show comes off as more of a “mini-series” or “TV movie” idea as opposed to a TV show that’s supposed to go on for five 24 episode seasons. How long can investigator Alice Vaughn really search for professional con man Benjamin Jones? I just don’t see how that happens. Anyone out there actually like this show? What am I missing?

And now onto this week’s Douchebag of the Week.


This week, the 411 Douchebag of the Week goes to businessman Steve Wynn, for his recent comments regarding “poor people.” Wynn, while speaking at a recent investors conference for his high end Las Vegas casino, said that when it comes to rich people hanging out at his casino they want to be surrounded by their fellow rich people. Rich gamblers don’t want to be around “poor” people. Had he ended his assessment of his high end clientele at that he probably wouldn’t have generated much in the way of negative publicity after his remarks were made public. I mean, yeah, I’m sure someone would have complained about Wynn’s seeming dismissive attitude to anyone not rich, but I doubt he would have had to go through the media ringer for saying it. But then Wynn just didn’t say “rich people like hanging around rich people.” No, Wynn also said that “poor people don’t like hanging around poor people.” Because, you know, poor people suck.

In fact, Wynn’s exact quote is “Rich people only like being around rich people. Nobody likes being around poor people, especially poor people.”

So do the rich people hanging out at Wynn’s Vegas resort refuse service from casino employees who, I’d imagine, aren’t exactly well off? Do the rich people that spend big money playing blackjack and whatnot get their own food and drink while staying at the casino? Do they print out their own tickets for concerts? Do they plunge their own fucking toilets? Or are Wynn’s employees like him, mega rich and willing to do the bidding of their fellow rich employees? When some rich asshole wants a beer do you think Wynn goes and gets the asshole one?

Of course not.

Clearly Wynn has never been in a mall, a Walmart, or a McDonald’s. Those places are chock full of non-rich people who seem to function quite well without endless seething contempt for their fellow non-rich. Yes, “poor” people do get into fights in Walmart every so often (youtube has plenty of evidence of that) but they don’t beat the crap out of one another because they feel as though the other person isn’t sufficiently wealthy and is therefore a piece of shit that needs to be flushed down the toilet. They fight over the same thing rich people fight over: petty bullshit.

So what’s really going on here? Wasn’t Wynn just making a point that he wants his business to look nice? Yeah, he probably thought that was all he was really doing. But then he just couldn’t stop himself from exposing his true feelings for those not as well off as he is. Poor people don’t have any money, so why do they matter?

Steve Wynn. He’s quite the guy, isn’t he? Don’t you want your children to follow his example?

Rich people matter. No one else does.



And now for this week’s honorable mentions…

-Motley Crue front man Vince Neil, for attacking a woman at a hotel in Las Vegas. Neil allegedly was defending his friend Nicolas Cage from an attacker, but the attacker, a woman apparently seeking an autograph from Cage, was just a fan. Cage apparently had to restrain Neil from doing something even worse than what he actually did. Was Neil upset that the woman didn’t want this autograph, too? Very weird story. Sad, too.

-Professional ultra-right wing religiously insane psychopath and TV personality Phil Robertson, for his ridiculous invocation before last Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Yes, the race was sponsored by Robertson’s Duck Commander company, so I’m assuming that’s why Robertson was allowed to babble on about Jesus, the U.S. military, and guns, but it was still disgraceful. Invocations should be outlawed. They’re completely unnecessary.

See? Complete waste of time.

Janet Jackson, for leaving her fans with no information regarding her concert tour. Jackson recently announced that she was postponing her concert tour because she wanted to start a family, which is wonderful, but what does “postponed” actually mean here? Will the postponed concerts be rescheduled? Are they cancelled? Fans need to know if they can get a refund if they’re already purchased tickets. So what the hell is going on here? Why refuse to provide any answers? Come on, Janet, figure it out.

NASCAR, for actually starting the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night under caution. You can’t start a race under the caution flag. It makes no sense. Either the green flag comes out or you don’t start the race. It’s as bad as ending a race under the caution flag (or that new “overtime” scheme that is way too complicated). It’s ridiculous. People aren’t paying to see endless caution laps.


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