Why That Wu-Tang Clan Heist-Clause Story Is Not Real

Dec 10, 2015 · 2 min read

Kevin Donnellan/@kevind04

A day on from confirmation that the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon A Time in Shaolin had been bought by Martin Shkreli, a man with a history of attracting online hate, followers of this bizarre story began to focus on an apparently overlooked angle.

A tweet from Rob Wesley shared what appeared to be a portion of the contract between Wu-Tang Clan and Shkreli that detailed a clause allowing the group, or the actor Bill Murray, to “attempt to execute one heist or caper to steal back” the album.

The tweet had more than 6,000 retweets at the time of writing and the “clause” has been reported in some publications.

Shkreli added to the confusion with a “no comment” tweet in response to a question about it.

But a look at Wesley’s account history shows a series of tweets highlighting funny fake quotes, tweets, or facts, with some following a similar style to the Wu-Tang tweet. Beyond that we have not seen any online record of a contract between the two parties and Wesley’s tweet is the first to mention such a clause online.

It’s not really a deliberate hoax, Wesley’s account is full of funny tweets and tongue-in-cheek humor, but the replies on a subsequent tweet sharing the same image show how quickly a joke can become accepted fact online, particularly when the lie is so entertaining. Who wouldn’t want this to be true?

So while we hope that Wu-Tang Clan do have a Bill Murray heist clause in their contract with Shkreli, as all good contracts should, this tweet, sadly, does not confirm that.

In the meantime, we have reached out to Wesley for his take on all this fuss and will update should we hear back.


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