Sam Yagan

It was only a week ago that Mozilla’s Brendan Eich was forced to step down as CEO of the company he co-founded, in part because he once held the same view on gay marriage that pre-2012 election President Obama did, and in part because of a self-righteous smear campaign orchestrated by OkCupid’s data broker CEO Sam Yagan.

Mr. Yagan slimed Brendan Eich as an “enemy” of love a human decency shortly after after it was revealed that OkCupid secretly collects users’ personal information and sells it to the highest bidder. Some of us wondered if the whole thing wasn’t just a self-serving attempt to get some good press after countless OkCupid users and potential customers found out that the company operates more like the NSA than a dating service on many levels.

We now have an answer.

OKCupid, the online dating site that took Mozilla’s CEO to task for a donation to a campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California, is now under fire for its own CEO essentially doing the same.

OKCupid CEO and co-founder Sam Yagan in 2004 gave $500 to Rep. Chris Cannon’s campaign, despite the fact the lawmaker, during his tenure from 1997 to 2009, voted for a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage, Mother Jones reported.

Mr. Cannon also voted against a measure that would have added sexual orientation to the federal rules against job discrimination, as well as voting to outlaw adoptions by gay couples.

Square that news with OkCupid’s personal attack on Mr. Eich:

Ok Cupid Mozilla

Now read the statement Mr. Yagan released after his own political donation to the “enemy” became known.

“A decade ago, I made a contribution to Representative Chris Cannon because he was the ranking Republican on the House subcommittee that oversaw the Internet and Intellectual Property, matters important to my business and our industry.  I accept responsibility for not knowing where he stood on gay rights in particular; I unequivocally support marriage equality and I would not make that contribution again today.  However, a contribution made to a candidate with views on hundreds of issues has no equivalence to a contribution supporting Prop. 8, a single issue that has no purpose other than to affirmatively prohibit gay marriage, which I believe is a basic civil right.” — Sam Yagan, hypocrite and CEO of OkCupid.

So bringing “all people” together is of utmost concern to Mr. Yagan, and yet he didn’t care enough to look into the stance on gay marriage of the politician he was going to donate to? Mr. Yagan labels men like Brendan Eich and “enemy,” whom he wishes “nothing but failure” for, because of his stance on gay marriage — and yet he now tries to say with a straight face that he it just sorta-kinda slipped by him that Rep. Cannon was a vehement opponent of gay marriage?

Mr. Yagan isn’t “accepting responsibility” for anything, because if he were he would apply the standard he used against Mr. Eich and step down as CEO. Mr. Yagan hasn’t accepted responsibility — he released a statement and hopes that the fetid stench of his hypocrisy will all disappear. He voted for a Republican when it would put cash in his pocket and he voted for President Barack “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman” Obama when it was financially beneficial.

By Mr. Yagan’s own definition, he is an “enemy” of decent people and someone who deserves “nothing but failure.”

Personally, I do not wish Mr. Yagan failure. Instead, I wish that that all the people who blindly believed that his campaign to oust Mr. Eich as CEO of Mozilla was sincere will now think twice before they declare “enemies” on complex social issues. I wish that more people become aware that OkCupid harvests its users’ most intimate personal information and sells it to anyone with deep pockets — including those who Mr. Yagan would define as the gay and lesbian community’s “enemy” if it would give him good press.

And with that, I leave you with the ’60 Minutes’ story on data brokers like OkCupid, which are “okay” letting the world know about your medical history, your religion, politics and sexual proclivities if the price is right.

Related: OkCupid: Brendan Eich is the ‘enemy,’ so ignore the fact we sell your personal info to the highest bidder

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

3 comments

  1. I’m not surprised by this. Sadly, Yagan’s view of those who disagree with him as ‘enemies” is all too common, especially among progressives.

    1. Though I am conservative, at least I can respect a progressive with an honest opinion, it seems Mr. Yagan only believes what may help his wallet. He should be ashamed helping put pressure on Mr. Eich when he did the same thing; did he really think a ranking conservative was against traditional marriage?!?! I don’t think the thought ever crossed his mind until he believed he could make himself look good to the general public at the expense of disparaging Mr. Eich.
      The good news is, with his tech knowledge, Mr. Eich will be fine, while Yagan looks clueless at best and a complete hypocrite at worst.

    2. This is where crony capitalism also comes into play. Cough up enough cash to the Republican or Democrat who can pull some strings for you and — what do you know? — suddenly you’re getting legislation that benefits you. When you expand the government’s reach, you expand the ability for guys like Mr. Yagan to get away with this sort of thing.

      What bothers me is that Mr. Yagan went out of his way to drag Mr. Eich’s name through the mud. He wanted to turn that guy into Public Enemy #1 until he got the result he wanted, but now that it’s said and done Mr. Yagan can “take responsibility” (i.e., do nothing) for his own actions knowing full well that another company isn’t likely to start a smear campaign against him.

      This whole episode got under my skin.

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