Every year Class Action takes nominations for the most classist comment made by prominent people or public figures that demeans working-class or poor people, perpetuates classist myths and stereotypes, and illustrates a disturbing indifference toward class inequities. (Check out our Hall of Shame here).
And with 23.4%, the title this year goes to Paul Graham, a Silicon Valley executive and venture capitalist.
I’ve become an expert on how to increase economic inequality, and I’ve spent the past decade working hard to do it… when I hear people saying that economic inequality is bad and should be decreased, I feel rather like a wild animal overhearing a conversation between hunters. But the thing that strikes me most about the conversations I overhear is how confused they are. They don’t even seem clear whether they want to kill me or not.” -Paul Graham, Silicon Valley Exec
Runner up with 21.5%: “But unlike Chanel and Louis Vuitton, we are able in our business to cater to all of the market by making our standard so high that everybody wants to in the building,” he said. “Or to put it in a more colloquial way, rich people only like being around rich people. Nobody likes being around poor people, especially poor people.” – Steve Wynn, Casino Magnate
Third place with 19.6%: When Clinton said there were years when Trump paid no taxes, he replied, “That makes me smart.” -Donald Trump, US President Elect
Tied for fourth place with 13.3%:
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” -Hillary Clinton
And simply, Martin Shkreli’s smirk:
And in last place with 8.9%: “If that was my house, I would go out there and make their life miserable. I would do whatever it took to make them leave. If that meant destroying some of their produce, or standing out there with signs to chase everyone away, Or [sic] just making them very uncomfortable, I would do that in a heartbeat.” -Mark Woodward (In a public Facebook conversation about unauthorized vendors allegedly selling produce on street corners in San Jose)