Sudden Wealth Syndrome? Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mocks Complaints of Obscenely Wealthy

On last night's Daily Show, correspondent Jason Jones interviewed two folks who've invented a syndrome for the poor, poor super rich: Sudden Wealth Syndrome (SWS).


In the intro to his segment, Jones notes, "Amongst all the terrible news about people who've lost their jobs or their homes, there's been one group that's been overlooked: the extremely wealthy." Sarcasm aside, psychologist Stephen Goldbart and psychotherapist Joan DiFuria really are trying to help mega-rich people -- their typical client has between $25 million and $50 million -- through their Money, Meaning, and Choices Institute.

"We're really angry at the 'haves' right now," says Goldbart, while DiFuria notes, "The wealthy end up hiding themselves in these gated communities." Jones responds, "When I think about these people, I just feel bad, and I just... wanna punch them in the f*cking face."

"Sure, the poor and the middle-class are worried about having enough food," Jones says, "but the wealthy have to worry about whether or not their waiter is recording them while they mock half the country. It's a painful reality that afflicts at least 1 percent of the 1 percent." BOOM.

Jones goes on to walk a mile in a rich person's $4,000 Ferragamos and pitches his multi-million-dollar idea, DickWidget (it's exactly what it sounds like), which he's worried could give him a case of the ol' SWS.

Watch the whole segment below.

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