It is no stereotype that Greeks are good in business. They are good with money. They are wolves of Wall Street. But an “Open Letter to the Makers of the Wolf of Wall Street and the Wolf Himself” sheds a different light on the glories of Greeks who plunder and meteorize to the top 1%. Written by the daughter of The Wolf, Christina Prousalis, now McDowell, the post reveals the ravages of greed on those closest to the wolves, their daughters and wives, not to mention the millions of anonymous victims of one-too many financial fleeces on the middle-class and poor. She had to change her name from Prousalis because her father, one of the business associates of the Wolf himself, used her name to pay off debts and launder money, leaving her with $100,000 in debt. In this candidly honest letter to Martin Scorsese, she slams the makers of such films that glorify these types while ignoring the damage they do to families, even their own. Open Letter to the Wolf of Wall Street. You must read in its entirety.
How many of us had to grow up with a problematic Daddy? The ones who seemed so generous and used the halo of “family man” to hide their avarice, their selfishness, their pride? The aura of the Greek father is super-complex. On the one hand we adored our fathers for being so hard working, so ambitious, such good providers. But on the other, we knew that we were only trophies, or appendages, or even accomplices for their ambitions. We were extensions of his ego and not really worthy of our own integrity. We held his name and his honor and that was more important than who we were really or what we wanted. Like the Wolves of Wall Street, do we honor such villains or do we drive a bullet through their heart?
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