By: Malcolm Kelner
An Emerson student who shared an egregiously false viral meme about solving poverty by redistributing the Powerball jackpot is still defending it even after being notified it’s totally wrong.
The meme, which has been shared millions of times, reads, “Powerball 1.3 Billion ÷ U.S. Pop 300 Million, Everyone receives 4.33 mil, Poverty Solved!!” Junior Film major Grant Woodward shared it on Facebook earlier today, adding the caption, “It’s actually pretty simple.”
After a couple comments from Woodward’s Facebook friends supporting this simple solution to make all Americans rich, senior Marketing major DeSean Peterson broke the sad news that dividing $1.3 Billion 300 million times would only give each person $4.33, not $4.33 million.
Woodward acknowledged the incorrect math, but instead of admitting he was wrong or just deleting the post to hide it from those who hadn’t seen it yet, he still defended the idea.
“Well maybe we wouldn’t each get that much,” the thoughtful auteur wrote, “but giving every American $4.33 is a step in the right direction at least.”
After further dialogue with other students in his post’s comments, Woodward dug his hole even deeper, as he continued trying to make his plan into a political analogy.
“God forbid we actually valued equality over greed in this country instead of having the winners take all,” the brilliant and compassionate mind added.
At press time, Woodward was thankful he didn’t have to take any “useless” math or economics classes at Emerson.