The gamblers who went short are buying the stock, idiot!! How would you feel if you were gambling on a non-taxable event if you were able to hold til the stock went to zero, and now you and the rest of the huge short interest are getting your throats torn out? Don't blame folks for taking advantage of short-interest panic,
it's just another way to make money in these markets. Lie low in a high short-interest stock and patiently wait for the fireworks.