If you haven’t been following Mozilla’s Brendan Eich story, all you need to know is that OkCupid and the thought crime brigade within Mozilla’s software developer community were successful in getting the co-founder of the company to resign as CEO, all because he apparently believes the definition of marriage has a very specific meaning that isn’t in line with the gay community.
The Washington Times reported:
Brendan Eich, the co-founder of Mozilla, has stepped down as CEO over the controversy that erupted after his $1,000 pledge in support of California’s anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8 became widely known.
“Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves,” read a statement from Mozilla. “We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.”
“That was shocking to me, because I never saw any kind of behavior or attitude from him that was not in line with Mozilla’s values of inclusiveness,” [Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker] said, Recode reported. “But I overestimated that experience.”
Yes, even though the guy wasn’t on television bashing gay people, Mozilla has been known to be a very gay-friendly company for years, that Mr. Eich kept his politics to himself and didn’t bother anyone, we know he must be a monster because he joined with millions of other religious Californians who believe marriage has a definition that can’t be squared with the gay community’s desires.
OkCupid didn’t take too kindly to that, so they started a campaign against Mozilla (which has since been rescinded with Eich’s resignation) in order to put pressure on Mr. Eich to step down. It succeeded.
Politics is not normally OkCupid’s thing, in part because if it were its top brass would be forced to talk about how they’re willing to secretly sell your personal information to the highest bidder.
Just for fun I started an account just to see how many third-party sites would show up before I even filled out a profile or perused the site. It looks like I was well on my way to racking up a screen full of nosy little triangles. What’s up with that, OkCupid?
How many devout Christians, Muslims and Jews have used OkCupid? Do you call them your “enemies”? Do you wish them “misery” and “failure,” or do they not count because you’re making tons of money from all the information they provide in their search for a mate?
In OkCupid’s attempts to smear Mr. Eich, its statement read that the dating company knows there is “a lot more wrong in the world than misguided CEOs.” True — and OkCupid is in the “more” category.
Who is more of a threat to the happiness and health of the nation: Mr. Eich and his belief that the union between a man and a woman — with the implied understanding that they will procreate and raise their biological children in a loving home — is essential to any civil society, or OkCupid, which harvests all sorts of personal information about you and sells it to third parties without you knowing who they are or what they’ll do with it?
Do you suffer from depression? Anxiety? Do you watch kinky pornography? Do you have cancer or some other disease? Do you believe in God (like Brendan Eich)? Are you a Socialist? A Communist? A hard-core Conservative? If so, then you need to understand that companies like OkCupid want to know because it’s worth big bucks.
If you really want to see just the size and scope of OkCupid’s hypocrisy, watch the 60 Minutes piece ‘Data Brokers.’ Our self-righteous friends are featured prominently.
How convenient is it that shortly after the 60 Minutes piece aired that OkCupid found a target that would allow its management to stand on a moral pedestal and get good press for it.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a video of President Obama to watch from 2008. Apparently, he officially held the same view on marriage as Mr. Eich did up until the 2012 election. I wonder how many outraged Mozilla employees voted for him, knowing that he was a “bigot.” I don’t remember OkCupid running any political ads against him in 2008 either. Strange.