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Elizabeth Holmes’ deep voice captivates and confuses the internet

[Elizabeth Holmes voice] Did I do that?

 

Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Published Mar 19, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 4:45 pm CDT

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, HBO’s new documentary on former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, debuted last night. There are a lot of head-scratchers in the Alex Gibney-helmed film—footage of Holmes and colleagues dancing rigidly to “U Can’t Touch This,” Bitcoin tie guy—and a lot of haunting closeups of Holmes’ blank face. But one thing that’s not addressed is her voice.

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There’s long been a fascination with Holmes’ voice, and whether’s it’s real or just part of her scam. If one thing is clear from the doc, it’s that she got powerful men to trust her pitch for a new blood-testing technology without any real applicable science or proof that it worked. Did the voice do the heavy lifting? Was she really using “stupid man” voice? Was it more of a voice/unblinking eye combo?

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Thankfully, Twitter is on it. The Holmes impressions came quick:

Others pointed out that she sounds a bit like Romy in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion:

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https://twitter.com/jess_mc/status/1107813053255561216

Others had deeper observations about how we police women’s voices:

https://twitter.com/ItsTheBrandi/status/1107867787366748161

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https://twitter.com/Caissie/status/1107878738283290625

Damn, a Crash Test Dummies deep cut:

Raise your hand if you’ve definitely tried out the Elizabeth Holmes voice in the mirror.

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*First Published: Mar 19, 2019, 12:40 pm CDT