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OkCupid, Gay Activist: Homophobic Mozilla CEO Steps Down After Dating Site Launches Protest

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by Jeremy Staley
April 3, 2014 3:55 PM
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Earlier this week, dating/hookup website OKCupid did something pretty fantastic. When users tried to access the site via Mozilla Firefox, they got this:

You could go on and access the site anyway if you wanted (but if you're reading this blog, let's hope you opened Safari instead), but it was a nice, mildly ballsy gesture on OKCupid's part. And --- who'd of guessed -- it worked! Just four days later, Brendan Eich has stepped down as Mozilla's CEO, and Mozilla released this statement:

“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 the post, in part. “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.”

Well, well, looks like it's safe to open Firefox again. As for OKCupid, I officially forgive you for sending me on all those tragic dates. Here's to dating/hookup sites protesting horrible people everywhere! 

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  • susan | April 5, 2014 7:47 PMReply

    A new version of McCarthyism is alive and well in the U.S. Scary times.

  • No | April 5, 2014 1:36 PMReply

    Debbie, you sound like a cry baby calling the kettle black. You are not as different as you like to believe.

  • Debbie | April 5, 2014 12:59 AMReply

    Why should this mans beliefs have anything to do with his ability to perform his job? Should Obama step down? Should Hillary not run? They both held the same stand on same sex marriage as this man. People yell and scream for their rights while they take others rights..hypocritical Dont you think? If anyone doesn't fall to your beliefs they lose their job or you make their lives miserable? I hope billions ban Mozilla..this was a dirty step.

  • A. Gar | April 4, 2014 9:58 PMReply

    OkCupid is a waste of time and energy. It is an intolerant and hypocritical group run by small minded and idiotic fools who don't believe in American values of free expression and opinion. Only bigoted small minded morons belong to this group and are led by the small minded and bigoted idiots that run this moronic group. If you value freedom of opinion and expression stay away from this idiotic perverted website.

  • Bb | April 4, 2014 9:30 PMReply

    Congratulations to OKCupid! A terrific victory for narrow minded, fascist McCarthyites. If someone doesn't believe as you do, silence them, vilify them. Don't try to reason with people, don't try to convince others yours is the right way - it takes so long and it's so hard. Better to silence your opponents through intimidation, taking away their livelihoods, even force if necessary. After all, yours is the right way to think, theirs is wrong. They don't matter.

    How odd, no, make that disgusting, that the hypocrites seeking "tolerance" have no tolerance for those with whom they disagree.

  • Albert Garcia | April 4, 2014 9:57 PM

    Well said BB. Right on the money.

  • dknicely1 | April 4, 2014 9:18 PMReply

    I don’t understand this issue. Being against gay marriage does not equal being homophobic. It is how they were raised in whatever religion that teaches this is wrong, not to mistreat people who disagree with you. I am a Libertarian, and I really just don’t care. I do find that the “tolerance” crowd has shown it’s true stripes, speech is tolerated only when it agrees with you, otherwise, it must be crushed. Can you spell hypocrisy?

  • Akram | April 4, 2014 4:30 PMReply

    Am actually glad people have woken up to the Governments and corporations agenda against religion (Google, Firefox, MS & 99.9%). I think people need to wake up before they lose all their freedom which our forefathers fought hard for and gave their lives for. Straight People, Churches, Mosques and Synagogues maybe need to be just as vocal and brutal as the Gay activists are.

  • Ray | April 3, 2014 8:20 PMReply

    In 2008, when this donation was made, future president Barack Obama was against marriage equality.

    Context.

  • md | April 3, 2014 5:45 PMReply

    the guy invented java script, so maybe everyone should stop using the internet in protest.

  • B | April 3, 2014 6:58 PM

    Excellent idea. You first!

  • Dustin | April 3, 2014 6:43 PM

    Brilliant. Thank you for this post.

  • A nony mouse | April 3, 2014 5:28 PMReply

    "Who would have guessed" would properly be contracted to:
    "Who would've guessed"

  • exommec | April 3, 2014 4:32 PMReply

    A really, really hollow victory. That stunt by OKCupid was lower than the worst kind of tabloid journalism and has conversely done further harm to freedom of expression, diversity and tolerance.

  • N | April 5, 2014 12:47 AM

    M, where is the evidence or acquisitions Mr. Eich discriminated or practiced intolerance at his workplace? I hate peas but this does not mean I hate everyone who likes them. I cannot buy into your opinion. Your conviction of bigotry is unfounded.

  • bob | April 4, 2014 1:11 PM

    Its basically Voter Intimidation. If you donate to any political party or political cause, then you will be publicly shamed and harassed. Every American gets the freedom to vote without fear of reprisal from angry mobs who disagree with that choice.

  • Alice Lytton | April 3, 2014 7:28 PM

    To "M" who wrote the below response: I love you.

  • M | April 3, 2014 6:58 PM

    Your words...you keep saying them but I do not think they mean what you think they mean. It sounds like you mean we should be tolerant of people who want to deny others equal rights for no other reason than disapproval of their lives. Huh.

    Let us examine them, shall we?

    Freedom of Expression. How was that damaged, precisely? OK Cupid did not deny Mr. Eich his right to donate to whom he pleased, they merely exercised their right to object to it, and, in turn, Mozilla's customers exercised their right to patronize the business of their choice. So, nope, no one's freedom of expression was denied here.

    BTW freedom of expression/speech? Only guarantees you that the GOVERNMENT cannot infringe on your right to say as you wish. It does NOT guarantee you immunity from another private citizen saying you are an asshole. (You are, btw)

    As for diversity... you do realize that diversity means *different* right? Therefore the only person in this who tried to damage diversity was Mr. Eich by supporting prop 8, a bill designed to damage the diversity of the American population.

    And, finally, one can only assume that by this statement you believe that we should be tolerant of bigots and, you know what? NO. I am NOT going to support bigotry. I don't care if a bigot is attempting to hinder the rights of people of colour, different religions, or sexual orientation, my reaction is going to be the same. I am going to call bullshit on it.

    Mozilla is an incredibly popular company. The money Mr. Eich makes from the CEO position would, in theory, be again used to support the same kind of homophobia that it has in the past. People have every right to say 'no, I will not support a business if it means supporting bigotry'. You have the right to believe what you want; you do not have the right to force those beliefs on other people. If Mr. Eich does not approve of how LGBTA people live their lives, then fine, he does not approve. That's his right and, however much I'm revolted by it, I support his right to believe as he wills.

    When he tries to force that belief on others, however, he should be stopped. I don't patronize OKCupid as a business, but I applaud their efforts here. They're to be commended for it.

  • Hyoscine | April 3, 2014 5:37 PM

    You haven't backed a single thing you said up, and you can't tell journalism from activism. Go home.

  • Colin | April 3, 2014 5:03 PM

    Please elaborate.

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