To borrow the parlance of a defunct VH1 weekly news program, Tower Heist director Brett Ratner is having the worst month ever. He was booted from the Oscars after publicly using a gay slur, criticized for making vulgar comments about "banging" actress Olivia Munn, and turned down by OWS protesters after he offered to screen his movie for them a few weeks ago. Now, Ratner has been outed as not only everything that arbiters of good taste are fighting against, but everything that the 99 Percent are protesting as well, with Vulture's report that he used to work as a broker for infamous boiler room South Richmond Securities. The brokerage was eventually fined over a million and a half dollars for, among other things, selling securities at marked-up prices, and was banned from the industry by the National Association for Securities Dealers (NASD).
Ratner worked with South Richmond Securities for a few months between 1989 and 1990, while he was still a student at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Although his spokesperson claims that Ratner "had no idea anything untoward was going on" during his time as a broker, another unnamed source who worked at South Richmond says, "there is no way any licensed stockbroker could work there and believe they were abiding by federal securities law."
Awwww, poor Brett Ratner. The excrement has certainly hit the stationary air-conditioning device for you, hasn't it? It's enough to make us kinda sorta want to give you a hug. Mmm… actually, you still make us want to take a long hot shower while weeping and rocking back and forth in a fetal position. Never mind.