Oliver Curme mentioned he did not need “undesirable elements” close to his mansion. He now says he was joking.
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A Boston millionaire was apparently simply messing with everybody when he strolled into City Hall on Tuesday evening and offended your complete world.
Back Bay resident Oliver Curme confirmed up at a Tuesday listening to about a proposed medical marijuana dispensary on Newbury Street with some outlandish issues to say concerning the “undesirable elements” it would carry to his swanky neighborhood.
While varied neighbors acquired as much as communicate earlier than the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals in favor of or in opposition to the proposal—issues about visitors, the advantages of marijuana as a remedy for opioid habit—Curme kicked issues up a notch.
A retired enterprise capitalist who mentioned he lives within the lavish Burrage Mansion, Curme mentioned he needed to make it abundantly clear the type of undesriables he was referring to, and what adopted might go down as probably the most spectacularly, preposterously offensive speeches within the historical past of City Hall. It has since been shared extensively on-line, sparked outrage, and raised about 1,000,000 questions, primarily: Who is that this man? Can he presumably be for actual?
In lower than a minute of testimony, first reported by Universal Hub, Curme mocked veterans with PTSD (“just give me a break, they can get over it”), ladies with bad most cancers (“they all have that cadaverous look and they wear those ridiculous turbans”), and folks with disabilities (to make his level, he contorted his physique to imitate signs of a number of sclerosis). “For goodness sake,” he mentioned. “Newbury Street is a high-end shopping district. We don’t want people like that scaring off the clientele.”
He additionally appeared to mock the idea of the store altogether, deploying malicious air quotes when he used the phrase “dispensary.”
— Jack Gately (@gatelywire) November 15, 2017
In video of the badembly, expressions of shock will be seen on the group, and officers will be heard interrupting Curme’s speech, attempting to maintain him on the subject of zoning. Then, the video exhibits, he wrapped up and took a seat. The Zoning Board of Appeals in the end authorized the dispensary.
You actually need to see it to consider it. A transcript:
My identify is Oliver Curme. I reside within the Burrage Mansion proper across the nook from this proposed ‘dispensary.’ All my mates and I are in opposition to this as a result of it can carry undesirable parts into the neighborhood. Just so you realize what I imply, there are Army vets with PTSD, and we don’t need them within the neighborhood. Just give me a break, they will recover from it. The second factor is folks in wheelchairs with MS or no matter.
I feel the third one is ladies with bad most cancers. They all have that cadaverous look, they usually put on these ridiculous turbans. For goodness sake, Newbury Street is a high-end buying district. We don’t need folks like that scaring off the clientele.
It was so many outlandish statements, at such a fast tempo, that it wasn’t instantly clear if he may in some way be joking. Could he be performing? A marijuana advocate, perhaps, masquerading as a marijuana opponent to discredit his anti-dispensary neighbors? There was no signal from Curme that he was being something however honest.
And then, by Thursday morning, we had a solution. NBC Boston reached Curme at his dwelling, and he revealed it was all an act, and that he truly is in favor of the dispensary.
“The point that I was trying to make is a marijuana dispensary will bring in the people who really need this, people who are sick, people who have cancer, and this is the only choice for them,” he instructed the information station. “If you listen to what I said it was so over the top that I think it’s the only way [my comments] could have been construed.”
That is, in fact, not the way it was construed.
Tweets concerning the incident from a Boston Globe reporter had been shared extensively, together with by political commentator Keith Olbermann. Bostonians on-line seem like pissed. “I am HORRIFIED,” reads a publish on the Facebook web page of the group Allston Brighton Veterans. “The real life Mr. Burns was at a Newbury Street medical marijuana dispensary hearing yesterday,” reads a publish on Reddit.
This must-watch let-them-ear-cake outrage is NOT a plant. It’s, to cite protection, “Oliver Curme, a retired venture capitalist…who opposed the proposed dispensary because of the icky people he said would patronize it” https://t.co/Y6ZzYJ7byN
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 15, 2017
So who’s he?
Curme, who goes by “Ollie,” was as soon as a common companion on the Boston agency Battery Ventures, in accordance with Bloomberg and the web itemizing CrunchBase. According to a biography on a web site referred to as the Education Forum, Curme retired in 2005. He has a biochemistry diploma from Brown and an MBA from Harvard, the biography says. City data present that the 2 items beneath his identify in the Burrage Mansion are price a mixed $6.2 million.
He can be, it seems, a convincing actor, if not a very good comic.