- On January 3, Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty of four counts fraud.
- The former businesswoman has her supporters.
- Insider was informed by a fan that the verdict was “fair”But they still love their pets. “femme fatale.”
Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos’s defunct blood-testing business, was Three counts of wire fraud were convicted, and one count of conspiracy for wire fraud was added.Monday
However, the disgraced businesswoman still enjoys the support of some people who call themselves fans “Holmies” — and hail Holmes as a “Girl Boss.”
“We love her because her story is a villain origin story that we can all relate to,”Insider was contacted by We Are Elizabeth Holmes, a representative from an Etsy shop. She requested anonymity due to the controversy surrounding the shop.
The Etsy shop offers Holmes merchandise, including Tshirts and Mugs with well-known quotes. “First they think you’re crazy, then they fight you, then you change the world.”
“She’s a femme fatale who rose up in an industry of old stuffy men and beat them at their own game,”They said that, and added that the conviction “doesn’t change the way we feel about her.”
Theranos was once valued at $9 billion and claimed that it could test for multiple conditions and diseases with just one drop. Holmes, prosecutors claimed, made the public announcement of Theranos’s products to investors despite known flaws and inaccuracies with its blood-testing technology.
Holmes’ guilty verdict was called by an Etsy representative “harsh”But “fair.”
Holmes fans are mostly trolls with a little bit of genuine respect
Insider reported that Holmes fans are small, but powerful, when it first appeared in September.
Three women wearing Holmes’ famous black turtleneck and blonde bun were photographed on September 9th, at the beginning of Holmes’ trial. Waiting outside of the courtShe was able to capture a glimpse of herself. Dorothy Atkins (a senior reporter at Law 360), said in a Tweet that the women had told herThey were “fans.”
Holmes’ fans are overwhelmingly supportive of her, which is ironic. Insider discovered two active Facebook pages. One is currently inactive. Holmes pretends to be satirical, and he posts as if he were a comedianAnother that calls itself an “unofficial fan page.”The fan page has been 2,785 membersHowever, it has not been updated as of October 24, 2021.
There are still a few people who have a genuine respect for Holmes. TikTok creator Serena Shahidi, who has 424,000 followers and frequently posts about Holmes, told Insider in September that her story can be seen as a feminist issue, as it’s empowering to see a woman be such an audacious villain.
“There is something kind of progressive about the idea that a woman in the news isn’t playing by anyone’s rules,”She said.
A user with an Instagram account named @elizabethholmesupdatesAnnuncia Roberts previously stated to Insider that the fandom grew out of the situation being. “almost funny.”Roberts, who is mostly trolling Holmes’ memes, said that Holmes taking money away from wealthy people was also something she thought was hilarious “satisfying.”
Roberts claimed that the verdict was satirical in a recent Instagram story. “dark day”People should show support “Lizzie”You can wear their “best black turtleneck.”
Caroline Dunlap is a TikTok user who uses @ygdunlap. Published a video on January 4.Holmes was “#1 in my heart,”Her actions were exemplary “unprecedented for a woman.”
Dunlap said Holmes was “epic”You can change her voice to make it lower “scheming”secretaries of the state It has 134,000 views.
Dunlap clarified, however, that she did not condone Holmes’ actions, and that she fully understood what she was doing. “100% guilty.”
Insider heard from Dunlap that nearly everyone agreed with the reasons she was indicted. “sound and justified,”Theranos is not being celebrated for the damage they may have done. Gen Z is leading the discussion, but it is not a celebration of Theranos’s harm. “post-modern and mostly satirical take on feminist ambition,”She said.
“She’s guilty and epic,”Dunlap said.
The “Girl Boss”Trend in relation to Holmes and Dunlap “an odd, hyperaware commentary that recognizes both the enormous wrongdoing and mass deception she caused, but also subtly tips a hat to the female villain’s ability to rise as far as she did.”
It shows, in essence, that women can cause just as much destruction and disruption as men.
“Is that a good thing? Yes and no,”Dunlap said. “But it’s certainly iconic.”
Each count Holmes faces comes with a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment. According to The Wall Street Journal, her sentencing could take place in six months. The date for her sentencing hearing will be determined next week.