"You're Simply Continuing To Feed The Wolves Of Wall Street" - One Victim's Open Letter To The Kings Of Hollywood

Tyler Durden's picture

First posted by Christina McDowell in the LA Times

An Open Letter to the Makers of The Wolf of Wall Street, and the Wolf Himself

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, dear Kings of Hollywood, but you have been conned.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Christina McDowell, formerly Christina Prousalis. I am the daughter of Tom Prousalis, a man the Washington Post described as "just some guy on trial for penny-stock fraud." (I had to change my name after my father stole my identity and then threatened to steal it again, but I'll get to that part later.) I was eighteen and a freshman in college when my father and his attorneys forced me to attend his trial at New York City's federal courthouse so that he "looked good" for the jury -- the consummate family man.

And you, Jordan Belfort, Wall Street's self-described Wolf: You remember my father, right? You were chosen to be the government's star witness in testifying against him. You had pleaded guilty to money laundering and securities fraud (it was the least you could do) and become a government witness in two dozen cases involving your former business associate, but my father's attorneys blocked your testimony because had you testified it would have revealed more than a half-dozen other corrupt stock offerings too. And, well, that would have been a disaster. It would have just been too many liars, and too many schemes for the jurors, attorneys or the judge to follow.

But the records shows you and my father were in cahoots together with MVSI Inc. of Vienna, e-Net Inc. of Germantown, Md., Octagon Corp. of Arlington, Va., and Czech Industries Inc. of Washington, D.C., and so on -- a list of seemingly innocuous, legitimate companies that stretches on. I'll spare you. Nobody cares. None of these companies actually existed, yet all of them were taken public by the one and only Wolf of Wall Street and his firm Stratton Oakmont Inc in order to defraud unwitting investors and enrich yourselves.

As an eighteen-year-old, I had no idea what was going on. But then again, did anyone? Certainly your investors didn't -- and they were left holding the bag when you cashed out your holdings and got rich off their money.

So Marty and Leo, while you glide through press junkets and look forward to awards season, let me tell you the truth -- what happened to my mother, my two sisters, and me.

The day my father had to surrender to prison, I drove him. My mother had locked herself in the bathroom crying and throwing up, becoming nothing short of a more beautiful version of Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. Ironically enough, Marty, she looks like a cross between Sharon Stone and Michelle Pfeiffer. Totally your leading ingénue type. Anyhow, after my father successfully laundered money in my name, hiding what was left of our assets from the government in a Wells Fargo bank account, I arrived home to discover multiple phone calls from creditors and attorneys threatening to sue me. He'd left me in nearly $100,000 worth of debt. He left and never told me.

After all of that liquidated money was gone from the Wells Fargo bank account, things got pretty bad. My younger sister ran away at seventeen. My older sister struggled to finish school in Texas. I couch surfed for two years, sometimes dressing out of my car and stealing pieces of salami out of my boyfriends' refrigerators in the middle of the night, because I was so hungry and so ashamed that I couldn't feed myself. Tips at the restaurant weren't cutting it. It's a pretty confusing experience to go from flying private with Dad to an evening where he's begging you for a piece of your paycheck so he can buy food for dinner.

But, here's the real kicker --

I believed him.

I believed everything my father told me. I believed it was the government's fault he was going to prison and leaving his little princess, I believed it was your fault, Jordan Belfort. I believed that by taking out all those credit cards in my name, my father was attempting to save me. I believed him when he got out, and when he told me everything would be OK. I believed him until he tried to do the same thing all over again -- until I was at risk of being arrested myself (and I'm saving that story for the memoir).

So here's the deal. You people are dangerous. Your film is a reckless attempt at continuing to pretend that these sorts of schemes are entertaining, even as the country is reeling from yet another round of Wall Street scandals. We want to get lost in what? These phony financiers' fun sexcapades and coke binges? Come on, we know the truth. This kind of behavior brought America to its knees.

And yet you're glorifying it -- you who call yourselves liberals. You were honored for career excellence and for your cultural influence by The Kennedy Center, Marty. You drive a Honda hybrid, Leo. Did you think about the cultural message you'd be sending when you decided to make this film? You have successfully aligned yourself with an accomplished criminal, a guy who still hasn't made full restitution to his victims, exacerbating our national obsession with wealth and status and glorifying greed and psychopathic behavior. And don't even get me started on the incomprehensible way in which your film degrades women, the misogynistic, ass-backwards message you endorse to younger generations of men.

But hey, listen boys, I get it. I was conned too. By. My. Own. Dad! I drove a white Range Rover in high school, snorted half of Colombia, and got any guy I ever wanted because my father would take them flying in his King Air.

And then I unraveled the truth. The truth about my father and his behavior: that behind all of it was really just insidious soul-sucking shame masked by addiction, which we love to call ambition, which is really just greed. Greed and the desire for fame (exactly what you've successfully given self-appointed motivational speaker/financial guru Jordan Belfort, whose business opportunities will surely multiply thanks to this film).

For me, it's become goddamn unbearable.

But I refuse to give up.

Belfort's victims, my father's victims, don't have a chance at keeping up with the Joneses. They're left destitute, having lost their life savings at the age of 80. They can't pay their medical bills or help send their children off to college because of characters like the ones glorified in Terry Winters' screenplay.

Let me ask you guys something. What makes you think this man deserves to be the protagonist in this story? Do you think his victims are going to want to watch it? Did we forget about the damage that accompanied all those rollicking good times? Or are we sweeping it under the carpet for the sale of a movie ticket? And not just on any day, but on Christmas morning??

So here's what I'm going to do first. I'm going to hand you my shame. Right now, in this very moment. The shame that I've been carrying for far too long as a result of being collateral damage. Because each of you should feel ashamed. And then I'm going to go pre-order my tickets to August: Osage County in support of Julia and Meryl -- because at least, as screwed up as that family is, they talk about the truth.

I urge each and every human being in America NOT to support this film, because if you do, you're simply continuing to feed the Wolves of Wall Street.

Yours truly,

Christina McDowell

PS. Quick update on Dad: He is now doing business with the Albanian government and, rumor has it, married to a 30-year-old Albanian translator -- they always, always land on their feet.

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corporatewhore's picture

So what's your point?

mofreedom's picture

She wants you know she's bitter.

kaiserhoff's picture

What's the point?  As they say in Hollywood -

  There is no such thing as bad publicity.

mjcOH1's picture

"These phony financiers' fun sexcapades and coke binges? Come on, we know the truth. This kind of behavior brought America to its knees.  And yet you're glorifying it -- you who call yourselves liberals."


Skateboarder's picture

I don't particularly like the author's rhetoric or her captain obvious info, but this is of the many cries that go unnoticed while other ex richbitchez raise 60K for being poor and smoking stoges all day long.


Oh, and where's Corzine again?

Bananamerican's picture
"behind all of it was really just insidious soul-sucking shame masked by addiction, which we love to call ambition, which is really just greed" Isn't that one of the 7 deadly sins?
mjcOH1's picture

""behind all of it was really just insidious soul-sucking shame masked by addiction, which we love to call ambition, which is really just greed" Isn't that one of the 7 deadly sins?"


What is dis 'sin' dat you speak of?   And which candidate will gimme' the biggest share of dat guy's cut in exchange for ma' vote, yo?

FEDbuster's picture

Won't see the movie till I can rent it for a $1., but would like to see these types of bankster bio pics end with a burned investor blowing them away with a 12 gauge.  Still waiting for the Drudge headline proclaiming the Corzine story ends this way.  

BTW, there is a great movie on Netflix called "Assault on Wall Street" which I really enjoyed.

Not_Sure's picture

"Won't see the movie till I can rent it for a $1"


Why rent it for a $1 when you can watch it free on the internet? That's how I'm doing my part for Hollyweird. Watching all those block-buster movies for free.


Ain't technology great!

darkpool2's picture

And about 50 cents in asiatown .....just about covers their cost of materials and a modest wage.....and nothing for Hollywood.....seems fair and equitable......right?

GetZeeGold's picture




Free Jon Corzine!!!!


Oh wait.....he is.


Perhaps due to the letter of support from his loving family...but especially his daughter.


nmewn's picture

So, lets cut to the chase here, Leo will make millions portraying a bad guy who abused the system while at the very same time (in Leo's real life) he advocates for the abuse of the system through all manner of government subsidies which distort that very same system.

Why do I feel like Leo won't be donating his earnings to .gov or charity?

Race Car Driver's picture

Fuck Leo. Playing a retard looked natural for him.

FEDbuster's picture

"Never go full retard"


I am sure Leo could have played "Simple Jack".

foodisgood's picture

The very idea folks get conned into investing in something they know nothing about and never will be a part of - we get what we deserve.

The day folks offer solutions like investing in a 401k for their local farmers markets is the day guys like her scumbag of a father will truly get what he deserves.

We only have ourselves to blame. 

Grow up and stop being naggers cause articles like this only serve the problem of being bitter nagger slaves to the idea actors contribute anything beyond what she is slaving toward.




Pee Wee's picture

Right, because every US citizen got what they "deserved" with the circus bailouts of TARP, HAMP, QE^x, ZIRP, and absolutely zero prosecutions, or even a single beat that the rule of law still has a pulse in the USA.

Nice try defending Fascism, injustice and systemic corruption.

GetZeeGold's picture




Where did all that money go again......cause I'm pretty sure I didn't see any of that?


When hundreds of billions of dollars just goes.......POOF!

Buck Johnson's picture

Probably mad that she didn't get to get in the movie.

NOTW777's picture

exactly - hollywood one of the biggest corrupters of the world; satan's main tool

U4 eee aaa's picture

That and Wall Street. A match made in hell

aVileRat's picture

She has a few valid points.

A bit of backstory: Marty & Leo set out to make a movie that in their view could recreate the magic of Oliver Stone's Wall St. However what made Gordon Gekko such an anti-hero was his warped ethics and personal sacrifice to get to the top. This was largely by having primary sources such as Ivan B. and Henry K. to dial in on. Leo assumed that after J.Edgar was snubbed, if he could build a better Wall St. the Screen Actor Guild (SAG) would give him a lifetime Oscar and push his Star into the royalty plus negotiation bracket (aka. the "legendary actor bracket"). This is every male leads golden ticket before the magical "5-oh" when hollywood when male leads hit the dustbin. IF you miss your Oscar window, be prepared to live hand to mouth for the rest of your days in ever marginal work fee roles. Every guy from Brad to George knows the story of Mickey Rooney.

The Wolf was never intended to be expanded on, or even used as a primary source into how a pump & dump shop differs from a mainstreet fund. From the getgo (or Gekko) the whole setup pitch was for Leo to have an Oscar bid to be masked in a few scenes of glamour greed. It didn't work.

There are two reasons why the bar was set so low: First, because they could, nobody would call Marty on a bad film on a ballsy Xmas release, second ? Leo and Marty are both dirty.

Like the jock who tries to cheat his way through his final project in University, you as a gate keeper just stop giving a shit and the cheater knows he just has to go through the motions, but will not get a 3.8/4. Doing a detailed film was just not worth their time, or SAG actually nodding it. Both know whats up.

When I say dirty, I do not mean an STD but both are on a short but critical list of industry players who have taken or are involved with Mob money laundering schemes. When the industry was starting up, cheap seed money was needed and like Vegas plenty of cellulite was NYC/Chicago financed. However at some point in the 1980's guys like Spielberg made it a point of order that the industry would need to start to separate itself from the grease. Some guys and girls still are heavily banked, but it is an unwritten rule that those will never be recognized as equals amid peers. George C. made this crystal clear to the media press before Leo backers could start their media hype machine in November 2013.

Think of it like Juicing for professional sluggers, but for Hollywood male screen leads/directors. 

In Marty's case, there were a series of movies that were always suspected of being mob shoots, yet were never investigated. Guys like Robert D.N. have gone on record stating this. When Marty recognized his name was on the list, he just dove full into mob culture and came out with some excellent gems of cinematography by generating a few solid "clean" cans. His time in purgatory paid off and he was awarded his Oscar that allows a director to become "bankable" and move to the higher SAG bracket and producer fees. Martin however is capped on his number of Oscars. He knows this, which is why his film volume has significantly slowed down both in post-production and screenplay research. Marty is mostly clean now, and has spent his last few years as a psudo-rehab for black list stars. This would be a good movie for someday in 40 years.

Leo is one of a list of child stars with large mob debts. He and his crew have been bailed out so often, many directors pass him over directly for roles due to his association with gambling & Burbank prostitution rings. In the last 10 years Leo has appeared on over 4 FBI sting ops, which should tell you what sort of Liability insurance his contract comes with. Like Tobey and Johnny, the media will give him a pass, but the SAG/Oscar group is the ultimate University Professor controls who gets to sit on the peer board and who gets to the ‘legacy’ ledger. They are the guys who mint the diplomas for sealing a Actors legitimacy, and the only voice that matters. This is why Leo can buy every puff in Rolling Stone, and can squelch any story of infidelity but is largely locked out of the main-crew. Leo is not getting an Oscar until he either goes clean or grows up. Leo feels that he can eventually bend the SAG without actually changing or ceasing being on the take. This is one of the reasons he has been musing retirement since the SAG board rotation. The Greenwashing of his charities did nothing to buy him political capital. His mob links also were one reason why Greenpeace significantly distanced themselves from Leo following his September 2012 adverts.

Little known fact is that Leo pays Marty to be his director. It has been this way since Titanic since no producer will let the House take the liability of his contract. As long as Leo's side car of bringing new marks to games and his debts remain his brand will be a limbo good. And movies about Leo in puff roles will keep rolling out, until they don't. In Hollywood it is never about who you are with, but who is NOT willing to be seen with you.  

What's my point in writing this ?

Well, first to give a bit of context. Fight club is half about knowledge sharing when its worth a laugh. Even the most glossy cartoon needs a few call out boxes to provide context to the scenes. 

Second, alt. media is correct to repost her editorial nailing Leo & Marty for using a very brutal story as an Oscar Vehicle. Tyler was bang on in picking this up to show people what his Movie was, and what it was trying to Coat tail on: This was a minor Madoff tale before 2001, Ivan B. and RJR. This would and should appear equally tasteless to mainstream America as if we had seen 80 min. of Bernard M. dancing with Hillary & Billy on Christmas day in 2013 with only a 15. min. glossy ending.

The third ? Black money is a temptation in every industry be it film, oil or gold mines. If you are a boss, or in line to be an executive you can expect black or grey money will eventually try to reach your doorway when your star lights up. Eventually however, it does catch up to you. So don’t be Leo.

Back to the Egg Nog.



Freddie's picture

Thanks for the inside dope.  I remember when Francis did The Godfather that the mob and Sinatra were not happy.  They got parts and probably dough and then were totally onboard.  The Turk and Luca Brazzi were real mob guys.   Francis and his Zoetrope gang, mainly Milius, I respected. Lucas not so much.

The other 70-80s directors like Cimino's Deer Hunter and Brian DePalma (Scarface) were good plus maybe later Ridley Scott.  The rest you can have and I think Marty is overrated. 

Hollywood is so scummy with mob ties, Operation Mockingbird, and total corruption.

The inside dope on Jordan Belfort and the boiler room he ran.  These people are total scum.  They all got light sentences and should have gotten 20+ years. They must have all been connected.

Treason Season's picture

If Scorsese is so clean why hasn't he ever done a movie on the Jew mafia, the Mishpucka? Because he runs interference for them by concealing them behind the easlily targeted Italians. Ditto for Coppola. Let's see them make a movie about Lansky. Bloomfield, Rabbi Goldman. Right, don't hold your breath. Scorsese and Coppola, Tarantino, ad nauseum in Hollyweird only do chumps, not the real bad guys. 

Crawdaddy's picture

Micky Rooney lives on, despite their intransigence.

Bitch stole my salami.

bentaxle's picture

...and made your cock smell of garlic...

tip e. canoe's picture

bingo...thanks for taking the time and having the balls to put it out there.  once you start connecting the dots between this and the subject behind which this site was founded to expose, the picture becomes much more clearly focused.  the foundation in which this entire fucking system and all of its tentacles -- economic, political, social (media) -- is being kept alive is dirty fuckin money.  

exhibit A :  Drug money and the global drug traffic are actually not just valuable elements, but, as donors of liquidity which is so scarce, they are a vital and indispensable segment of the whole monetary system.

Drug Trafficking and the Financial Crisis by Victor Ivanov

it's all about the vig baby.

fiatmasochist's picture

Nice contribution to the discussion...Question...if Monsanto GMO'd the coca and poppy plants to terminator status, would that cause a global financial crisis?

tip e. canoe's picture

rumor is that there are already genetically modified cannabis strains ready for "legalization".

know your grower, boys & girls.

Sudden Debt's picture

It sounds like a must see movie promotion for all who want to get rich fast by scamming.

that's evil... because every marketeer will tell you that everybody is motivated by greed, sex and power.
the story was a showoff. a marketing story. and a bad one at best.

corporatewhore's picture

i didn't know there were so many bleeding hearts in fight club

mofreedom's picture

I would say it's jealousy masked as righteous indignation.

BigJim's picture

 But hey, listen boys, I get it. I was conned too. By. My. Own. Dad! I drove a white Range Rover in high school, snorted half of Colombia, and got any guy I ever wanted because my father would take them flying in his King Air.

LOL, I just googled her image.  Her getting any guy she 'ever wanted' had nothing to do with daddy, but the fact that she is very, very physically attractive. Daddy could have been a syphilitic janitor and Christina would still have got laid ten ways to Sunday.

It says something about her lack of self-confidence, though, that she thinks her success in this department was because of her dad.

Pure Evil's picture

She's just upset cause she fell all the way to the bottom of the dung pile. While her father, the crook that he is, didn't bother to pull her out of the pig stye as he moved on.

scraping_by's picture

Assuming she's the same kind of sociopath. Creeps do have children with morality.

Though note Daddy Dearest defrauded her, too. Might be payback.

Still, odds are she learned the lessons most of us learn, and not the gangsta dream.

GetZeeGold's picture




i didn't know there were so many bleeding hearts in fight club


The cult does not approve of weakness.....in any form.

Things that go bump's picture

Most young women can have any guy they want, if what we're talking about is just slinging a leg over em. They don't even have to buy them dinner.

Mr. Poon's picture

The point is, when you show the criminals and the lifestyle they enjoy, but not the crime and the victims, you're glorifying the criminals and justifying their behavior.  It makes it look as if it's a victimless crime - a bunch of guys get miraculously rich overnight and nobody seems to be impacted by it, what's the harm?  And the more people think it's a victimless crime, the more likely other people will be to imitate it, and the more real-world victims, like the author, there will be.

It's something that "Boiler Room" got right:  it showed both sides, or at least it tried to.  And that's why "Boiler Room" is a classic and this is another vacuous, over-the-top, ridiculously expensive bit of fluff starring Leonardo di Caprio (does he make any other kind of movie?)

mofreedom's picture

The protagonist is also the victim of himself, or is that to deep for those who saw the movie.

GetZeeGold's picture




The protagonist is also the victim of himself


Blankfein......is that you?

BigJim's picture

I think you make a good point there.

But, having seen the film, I had absolutely no desire to go into the business; they all seemed pretty miserable to me, riches notwithstanding.

Ignatius's picture

"...does he make any other kind of movie?"

Gangs of New York, the exception that proves the rule.

U4 eee aaa's picture

Actually, Blood Diamond was a pretty good movie from a message standpoint

NOTW777's picture

spot on - for once let them show the consequences

U4 eee aaa's picture

This is Hollywood man. The same place that provides all the sex and none of those consequences either

Renfield's picture

Mr Poon, agree 100%. Like most sell-out vanity shit, from every review I've read and heard (both professional and friends), neither the book nor the movie have much educational value to them. So what makes it worth our while watching them pat themselves on the back for 3 hours?

Why support either Hollywood or Scorsese or whoever the author is, with my time or money, or talking them up? This just gives Hollywood pipsqueaks like di Caprio an opportunity to justify their pathetic corporate-owned lives. ("Scorsese brings us another thought-provoking film on a controversial topic that most people don't know enough about..." - fuck that coverage.)

For the same reason, I didn't buy OJ Simpson's "If I Did It" either. Nor will I see it when they make it into a film starring Will Smith as OJ. We may be nothing but peasants (or "fans") to them but enough is enough.

I wanna see a film about SNOWDEN, man. Only starring someone sexier than di Caprio, please.

(PS: Where's Freddie? He's usually the one telling us all to avoid Hollywood propaganda - this thread seems kinda bare without him!)