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Brendan Eich Fired
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ComradeWinston Creator
ComradeWinston Apr 11 2014, 3:06am says:

Word is that most the people below him hated him, three even left over him for one reason or another. So chances are, he's just a dickhead in general. However when it comes to bigotry, that can become a major PR issue and thus an economic issue. As the Republicans love to say, it's the will of the free market.

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Cure Optimism Author
Cure Optimism Apr 11 2014, 3:46am replied:

I still find it wrong, somehow. I understand public relations, I understand that the business in question wants to be perceived in a certain way. But I can't help but be empathetic towards him.

It seems retarded to be fired for having an opinion. I wouldn't want my opinions to be silenced out of fear of getting shitcanned. What I do in my personal time is my own business.

If this is supposedly "The straw that broke the camels back" with regard to him already being a dickbag, my point is that his opinions on gay rights shouldn't even be a straw in the first place.

If the common citizen is so vindictive, then I have no respect for them. And I simply cannot be moved by the plight of those who would silence the opposition. But hey, I'm just a naive bastard. What do I know. This is the way the world works now, I guess.

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bontanel Apr 11 2014, 4:19am says:

Well... A CEO is quite representative for an organization. This isn't about freedom of speech. No one put a gun in his face forcing him to do a public apology. Simple: the moment you do something there will be consequences (negative or otherwise). Nobody would fire the janitor for being a bigot but the moment someone become a high ranking employee he also starts representing his employer.

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Cure Optimism Apr 11 2014, 4:40am replied:

I just don't like the idea of what I do on my personal time affecting my job. Same thing happened with that woman who called Obama a ****** via twitter, and lost her job at some ****** ice-cream place, and as far as I can remember she had no authority within that company and was essentially a scrub.

I can understand where you are coming from, though. I just got a little flustered at this story.

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bontanel Apr 11 2014, 6:22am replied:

They fired her because they felt she was representing them in a bad way. I agree with you but that's a different situation. A worker is not equal to a CEO. Lemme give you an example. In my country there was a huge debate over the immunity a political office could give someone. The president has immunity yet a senator doesn't. Why? Because when a senator commits a crime it's no big deal. However the president represent a whole country. He cannot be charged with crimes because that would be a deadly blow to the prestige of any country. The president's immunity can be lifted only in special circumstances. I hope this example made you understand that different levels of authority give deifferent consequences to your actions.

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OrangeNero Apr 11 2014, 6:45am says:

They fired him? Damn.
Saw it comming though, nowadays if you ain't pro gay you lose all your human rights and are seen on par with nazis. typical left wing socialist trash, running around everywhere dictating what people are allowed to think and do.

bontanel what he does in his free privat time is his business and has nothing to do with his occupation or position. These pro gay love getting discriminated so they can use it to create shitstorms. Look up Barilla noodles same there. those pro gay don't wanna use a browser if the entire staff ain't pro gay too, they don't want to eat pasta if the whole staff making them ain't pro gay either...

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bontanel Apr 11 2014, 6:59am replied:

If I control and represent a huge sector of a multimillionaire media corporation and in my free time i enjoy burning crosses with my KKK homies should i get ****** when my boss tells me to go away? If you're looking for more see Denise Helms.

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Lt.Dann Apr 11 2014, 4:57pm says:

I don't see this as an excuse to claim the bigots are the ones being oppressed. This is a result of Capitalism. If someone is a threat to your profit, you get rid of him. They would've lost customers if they didn't fire him.

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Cure Optimism Author
Cure Optimism Apr 11 2014, 8:32pm replied:

I didn't claim bigots are being oppressed. The only thing I am trying to get across is that everyone should be allowed to do and say what they want without fear of being fired, despite the fact we disagree with him.

And if this is how capitalism works, so be it. But it doesn't make it any less ****** up.

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Cure Optimism Author
Cure Optimism Apr 11 2014, 8:46pm replied:

Like, in this day and age it is an unpopular opinion to be anti-gay, and in society's eyes it is justified to have someone fired for it. But I can't help but feel that in the future my own opinions are going to be outdated and unpopular, and I'll have to censor myself or be put in the same situation as this bastard.

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Lt.Dann Apr 12 2014, 4:54pm replied:

I never said it was alright. I think it's wrong, I was just pointing out the reason behind why the business would fire him.

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Cure Optimism Author
Cure Optimism Apr 12 2014, 7:46pm replied:

Alrighty. Thanks for making that clear, then.

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The_Archduke_of_Hell Creator
The_Archduke_of_Hell Apr 11 2014, 5:39pm says:

I don't care that he got fired, especially since he's an *** hole. **** him.

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Cure Optimism Author
Cure Optimism Apr 11 2014, 8:34pm replied:

Well, okay.

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Mr.Walrus Creator
Mr.Walrus Apr 12 2014, 11:18am says:

I think you have a valid point CureOptimism- people's opinions shouldn't lose them their jobs. If we heard about a CEO getting fired because he did something that many of the people on this website support, such as attending radical Communist rallies or something of the sort, many would be outraged. Ultimately I don't think that what you do in your personal time should spill over into your job; one's job usually has nothing to do with one's beliefs.

However, being a CEO, he is supposed to represent the entirety of the corporation and stand as a symbol for it. The nature of his career, like that of a person in a political office, makes it so that his personal life will be scrutinized and judged. Ultimately, if I were on the board of directors for the company, I would've voted him off too- you can't run a respectable business with such a figurehead.

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Spudman619 Apr 12 2014, 2:16pm says:

He shouldn't have been fired for being a ****. I'd understand if the money used had been corporate funds, not his own, but as previously stated, it is his right to support whatever opinions and beliefs he wants to. Of course, I don't care that he's gone, I'm just saying that private beliefs and private actions on them should not have positive or negative effects on your career. After all, his opinions were not related to his career. If the $1000 was to a fund for the destruction of Mozilla, then that would be understandable as the private action/belief conflicts with his career.

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So here is the topic. Recently this rotund son of a bitch named Brendan, the former CEO of Mozilla, was fired for having donated $1000 to the cause of Proposition 8, which had a goal of outlawing same sex marriage in the fine state of California, way back in 2008.

This information surfaced, and the guy lost his job due to moral outrage. My query is this:

Do you think it is appropriate for a person, no matter how bigoted, to be fired for exercising his first amendment rights to believe and do with his money whatever he desires? I'm not homophobic, I don't agree with this guy, but something about his personal beliefs costing him his job is disgusting to me.

Anyway, that's my take on it. Wondering what my compatriots think

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