Reports that Madoff was beaten in prison three months ago have done little to change people's sentiments. Despite the seriousness of Madoff's injuries--he was treated for fractured ribs and a broken nose--the blogosphere has shown little sympathy. Instead, bloggers reacted with a mix of amusement, sarcasm, and vengeful satisfaction at the continued fall from grace of a man who ruined so many lives.
- We Are All Madoff's Attacker At New York Magazine, Josh Duboff gives a sardonic assessment of the situation. "The dispute allegedly occurred as a result of the assailant believing Madoff owed him some money. So basically Beefy Man was living out the revenge fantasy of the entire Earth's population."
- This Is... Interesting The Wall Street Journal injects a little whimsy into its coverage, titling a blog post on the subject "Jail Fight!" In the post itself, Ashby Jones compares prison to a war zone. "You’re bored, bored, bored until . . . things get extremely interesting," he opines. "Our favorite convicted Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff got a little taste of that back in December."
- Sad but Funny Calling the beating "sad, hysterical, and kinda poignant," the Village Voice's Foster Kamer can't help but chuckle at news that Madoff's attacker was a bodybuilder and a black belt in Judo.
Should you feel bad about someone getting their ass kicked in prison? Yes. Because violence is bad. Even when it happens to awful people. However: This is just funny.