In case you missed it, The Inventor just came out on HBO. It's a documentary about Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos, which was a huge deal in the tech and medical industries until it all fell apart and Holmes was outed as a total liar and manipulator and grifter. It's incredible. It's bizarre. You have to watch it.
Holmes is a character. She is tall and pale and blonde and has a crazy-deep voice and unblinking eyes. She charmed investors at the young age of 19 with her revolutionary idea that would change the medical industry forever. She was going to invent a way to perform hundreds of medical tests using only a few drops of blood. Trips to the lab and multiple vials collected through needles in your arm would be a thing of the past. Patients would be able to order their own bloodwork, prick their finger, collect a few drops of blood, and take control of their own medical records. The problem is that it wasn't possible. The product Holmes promised was never delivered.
Instead of admitting defeat, Holmes lied and lied and lied some more.The Inventor delves into just what went wrong at Theranos and attempts to explain how someone like Holmes could deceive that many people for so long. It's fascinating. It's bizarre. And Holmes is such a weird and interesting character. Here are some of my favorite tweets about the craziness that is The Inventor.
Dramatic Kate McKinnonThis is so true. Elizabeth Holmes does not seem like a real person. She comes across like a character someone like Kate McKinnon would have invented for SNL.
My toddler said Elizabeth Holmes is scary and I agree. https://t.co/X638bhTxsj— Claire (@Claire)1553698615.0
A bad name
Please do not let Elizabeth Holmes give women with deep voices who wear black turtlenecks and look dead behind the… https://t.co/OXdZ3b42pq— Julia Claire (@Julia Claire)1553094109.0
Blonde with bad hair
as a blonde woman with bad hair and lots of turtlenecks you MAY have noticed i've remained silent about "elizabeth holmes"— steph mccann (@steph mccann)1553281079.0
A fun thing to do
one thing i have been doing is telling all the white blonde women i know that they look like elizabeth holmes it r… https://t.co/gjsjGec3rg— Scaachi (@Scaachi)1553569389.0
"Yup, that's blood"
every time I see one of these photos of elizabeth Holmes I imagine her saying “hrmm yup, that’s blood” and then cas… https://t.co/YY3pHDcJMx— professor keenbean from the richie rich movie (@professor keenbean from the richie rich movie)1553114239.0
Evil blonde womenSeriously, at times I couldn't pay attention to the documentary because I was too distracted by how fried Holmes' hair looked.
Steve Jobs drag
I’ve only been thinking about Elizabeth Holmes for weeks now, since I read “Bad Blood,” but this won’t leave my bra… https://t.co/zoNUidwHtG— Alison Bennett (@Alison Bennett)1553051439.0
There’s a part of the HBO Theranos doc where Elizabeth Holmes and her 40-something Pakistani boyfriend dance to MC… https://t.co/vA0LLScQFa— Linette Lopez (@Linette Lopez)1553037419.0
I am going to need @MiraSorvino to play Elizabeth Holmes in a movie because Elizabeth Holmes was clearly cosplaying… https://t.co/MzH9TAjLXV— Calvin (@Calvin)1553092566.0
Seriously...Calvin wasn't the only person to think so. Romy and Michele talking about inventing Post-Its is exactly how Holmes talked about her made-up product.
Important upbringingThis is key. You and I... We have no idea what it was about Elizabeth Holmes that charmed the pants off of a bunch of old white dudes. But they were smitten. She was clearly trained to know how to play them.
Holmes and Trump
Elizabeth Holmes & Donald Trump both prove that people will believe any con as long as you’re hot as hell and have a sexy-ass voice— Dan Gurewitch (@Dan Gurewitch)1553100937.0
elizabeth holmes seems like every girl i went to school with who made me feel stupid for not owning a horse— Anne T. Donahue (@Anne T. Donahue)1553188248.0
First on-screen kissYes!! I don't remember why this was in there, but it was in the doc, and it was way too much for me to handle. Why is his mouth moving like that?
No female friends
Elizabeth Holmes' entire look (hair, makeup, turt, confounding stance on blazer buttons) is what happens when you h… https://t.co/ve2FqxVeLZ— Connie Wang (@Connie Wang)1553097650.0
me trying to do elizabeth holmes voice https://t.co/TyoMmVlshK— Jill Gutowitz (@Jill Gutowitz)1553059775.0
Every time I hear Elizabeth Holmes speak I think she’s going to ask if my refrigerator is running— Jess Dweck (@Jess Dweck)1553059093.0
i was very disappointed that the elizabeth holmes documentary did not address that she is an HEIR to Fleischmann's… https://t.co/TjIDjlXZZc— Gabby Noone (@Gabby Noone)1553375881.0
Elizabeth Holmes when anyone questions the efficacy of Theranos https://t.co/iZOnIoNqn0— Aamina Khan (@Aamina Khan)1553212719.0
Shoulda coulda wouldaSeriously, man. She was a master grifter in every sense. She fooled so many rich white dudes! If only she hadn't caused so much harm to others.
finally figured out who Elizabeth Holmes sounds like https://t.co/AJkDf1FuqH— Sara Schaefer (@Sara Schaefer)1553102715.0
HEY EVERYONE #Elizabethholmes of #Theranos IS JUST A WHITE WOMAN WITH PRIVILEGE AND EGO. THAT’S IT. I’VE CRACKED TH… https://t.co/VnY46FYhPb— robbin screams into the void: (@robbin screams into the void:)1553193353.0
Angie and Billy Bob
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thorton walked so Elizabeth Holmes could run https://t.co/xYqa7W5qaW— Madeline Peltz (@Madeline Peltz)1553057236.0
Dr. Phyllis Gardner, the Stanford professor who told Elizabeth Holmes that her “invention” was really just shitty s… https://t.co/YiYKXQ7jmv— Evette Dionne (@Evette Dionne)1553133325.0
my favorite person in the theranos doc is the female stanford professor who was onto elizabeth holmes from the get… https://t.co/Hug6Gyg5N1— Brandy Jensen (@Brandy Jensen)1553048440.0
Gonna be Elizabeth Holmes for Halloween and hand out single Hershey kisses to children after posing with them for 3… https://t.co/6podJBK9Ls— caitie delaney (@caitie delaney)1553036181.0
Elon Musk with Elizabeth Holmes eyesWhy. This is so disturbing. I hate it so much, and yet, I cannot look away. It's terrifying.
Elizabeth Holmes with Elon Musk's eyes. This cannot be unseen. https://t.co/a0xjXWyraY— Michael Sanislo (@Michael Sanislo)1553767127.0