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Mozilla’s Anti-Gay CEO Steps Down After Boycotts And Protests

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2014 at 9:55 PM
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By Lauren C. Williams on April 3, 2014 at 3:50 pm

"Mozilla’s Anti-Gay CEO Steps Down After Boycotts And Protests"


A sign celebrating 1 billion downloads posted at Mozilla's Mountain View, Calif. headquarters in 2009.

A sign celebrating 1 billion downloads posted at Mozilla’s Mountain View, Calif. headquarters in 2009.

CREDIT: AP Photo – Paul Sakuma

Mozilla’s Chief Executive Officer Brendan Eich resigned from his post Thursday after an almost two weeks-long public backlash against his controversial appointment.

Mozilla, which owns the popular Web browser Firefox, immediately came under fire for promoting Eich, who donated $1,000 to support California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage in 2008.

In a blog post announcing the decision, Mozilla wrote:

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,”

Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.

Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.

Since his March 25 appointment, the Internet company has faced a number of boycotts and protests. Earlier this week, OKCupid hurdled access to its site in the Firefox browser, urging users to choose another browser and not support Mozilla products. Rarebit app developer, Hampton Catlin pulled his projects from Mozilla sparking a public outcry for Eich’s resignation. Three of Mozilla’s board executives have also stepped down in the two weeks Eich has been CEO.

In response to criticism, Eich held interviews and released statements asserting that, as CEO, he was committed to making Mozilla welcoming to the LGBT community and that his personal beliefs were divorced from his professional duties. Eich also refused to say whether he would donate to similar campaigns in the future. None of his public statements touched on marriage equality or delved into his specific views.


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-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Apr. 3, 2014 at 10:36 PM
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Oh good, now I don't have to go and look at gay porn on Internet explorer..



Baby steps

lga1965
by on Apr. 3, 2014 at 11:38 PM
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Yep.

Quoting -Celestial-: Baby steps
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snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 11:40 PM
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That's too bad.  Witch hunts are never ok

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Apr. 3, 2014 at 11:54 PM
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Quoting snookyfritz:

That's too bad.  Witch hunts are never ok

*eye roll*

kwannon
by Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 1:12 AM
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I dunno, I kind of agree about the witch hunts.

To me, there's a difference between what you personally believe in, and what you want to force others to believe in (does that make sense?).  Personally, he gave his own money to a cause he believed in, whether or not it's something I agree with.  He didn't use the company's money.  He wasn't forcing anyone at Mozilla to have the same beliefs.  For an example of this, look at Marriott, whose CEO doesn't  believe in gay marraige, but didn't let that interfere with the job, and Marriott gets high rankings for LGBT rights.

This is something that I need to look at all the angles of and think about more, but right now, it doesn't sit well with me.  Sure, maybe I'm biased because I felt a twinge of guilt every time I opened Firefox this week...

Quoting Goodwoman614:


Quoting snookyfritz:

That's too bad.  Witch hunts are never ok

*eye roll*


Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 2:43 AM
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Well. It's a lesson that your private persona affects your public life and when you choose to make your preferences public and then choose a career that the public holds accountable... These things can have a way of happening.
billsfan1104
by Jules on Apr. 4, 2014 at 6:34 AM
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Of course liberals are ok with this, but if conservative protest or Boycott, they are being ignorant.
I think boycotts and Protests are dangerous an also stupid.
snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 8:46 AM
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Conform to what I believe or I'll destroy your life?  Not a good way to live.  There is  no evidence that he did anything but financially support a cause.  Not a question about discrimination, he didn't treat anyone differently.  There wasn't a culture in the company that was anything but equal.  It was a witch hunt.  I bet this won't be the last time. 

Quoting Momniscient: Well. It's a lesson that your private persona affects your public life and when you choose to make your preferences public and then choose a career that the public holds accountable... These things can have a way of happening.


4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Apr. 4, 2014 at 9:20 AM
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I'm not sure that I agree with his forced resignation, he was promoted on his merits and I believe that people can change their stance on issues.  In 2008/2009 approx. 33% of all voters supported same sex marriage, that number is up to over 50% now.  That shows a lot of change in opinion, and I can't imagine people should be threatened and have their livelihood taken from them simply because it took them time to come around to change.  

With that said, I'm a firm believer in voting with one's pocketbook and feet.  For those that support companies voting their conscience in who they do or do not do business with, one has to wonder where the support is for the companies that decided that Modzilla wasn't representing their core values and turning away their business.  Isn't that one of the fundamental issues many of you have held as important over the last few weeks?  

Stephanie329
by Platinum Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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There are times when the people only have protests and boycotts to promote change. There is power in numbers.

Quoting billsfan1104: Of course liberals are ok with this, but if conservative protest or Boycott, they are being ignorant.
I think boycotts and Protests are dangerous an also stupid.
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