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(Hot Air)   Turns out the CEO of OkCupid, the sanctimonious dating site that started the movement that cost Brendan Eich his job at FireFox, gave money to a congressman who opposed gay marriage. Ironic tag sits in for Hypocrite tag   (hotair.com) divider line 419
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2014-04-08 07:43:02 PM
The OkCupid CEO no longer believes that way and he has gone out of his way to ensure that that message has come across


The Mozilla CEO? Well, he has yet to renounce what he did.
 
2014-04-08 07:46:02 PM
Conservatives: "NO, YOU!"
 
2014-04-08 07:46:09 PM

cman: The OkCupid CEO no longer believes that way...


It doesn't look like he ever did hold that view.

Here's his statement: "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."
 
2014-04-08 07:48:56 PM
We've got you now libs.  This means that gay marriage is now banned and all interracial marriages except white guy/Asian woman are officially dissolved.

Social conservativism wins again!
 
2014-04-08 07:49:47 PM
Remember, kids: the Free Market always decides what is best, except for the times when some sissy limp-wristed liberals cook the books.
 
2014-04-08 07:53:21 PM
False Equivalency Theater with The Right Wing
 
2014-04-08 08:02:02 PM
Man, I remember the days when the right-wing attack machine was a fearsome apparatus, a well-oiled machine that could lay low all in its path. This? This is a chimpanzee with a BB gun.
 
2014-04-08 08:04:46 PM

cman: The Mozilla CEO? Well, he has yet to renounce what he did.


Whoa.  I didn't know he had to renounce anything.  I don't agree with him and the majority of Americans don't agree...but that doesn't mean he doesn't have the right to make a political donation for something he believed in.  Of course, he doesn't have a right to a job at Mozilla either.
 
2014-04-08 08:06:48 PM
Let's hope he gets shafted.
 
2014-04-08 08:10:43 PM
I guess I don't get why people can't change their minds at some point.  Isn't being against gay marriage when you are younger and then changing your mind about that later a GOOD thing?
 
2014-04-08 08:19:39 PM
Wow, I haven't seen so much Conservative butthurt over such a non-issue since the last time.
 
2014-04-08 08:20:32 PM

bborchar: I guess I don't get why people can't change their minds at some point.  Isn't being against gay marriage when you are younger and then changing your mind about that later a GOOD thing?


Not if someone can use it to get you fired.
 
2014-04-08 08:21:18 PM

slayer199: cman: The Mozilla CEO? Well, he has yet to renounce what he did.

Whoa.  I didn't know he had to renounce anything.  I don't agree with him and the majority of Americans don't agree...but that doesn't mean he doesn't have the right to make a political donation for something he believed in.  Of course, he doesn't have a right to a job at Mozilla either.


The point is the difference.
 
2014-04-08 08:21:39 PM
Yes because directly contributing to an action group is exactly like supporting a person with 600 different agendas.

you're going to have to do better than that, bigot-assholes. Weknow you're trying to make this hypocritical, because you crave company. Guess what: being a bigot sucks and i hope to god it only gets worse.
 
2014-04-08 08:22:16 PM
I totally believe Hot Air articles.
 
2014-04-08 08:24:27 PM

Rapmaster2000: We've got you now libs.  This means that gay marriage is now banned and all interracial marriages except white guy/Asian woman are officially dissolved.

Social conservativism wins again!


Well, Asian tang is bestest tang.
 
2014-04-08 08:28:01 PM

Soup4Bonnie: cman: The OkCupid CEO no longer believes that way...

It doesn't look like he ever did hold that view.

Here's his statement: "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."


If there is one thing we learned in this response, it is that 5 members of the USSC were proven completely right.

Definitely never any posibility of quid-pro-quo corruption. So let's totes move on.
 
2014-04-08 08:29:29 PM
I think all bigots should be exposed like the Mozilla guy. Only way they will learn what it's like to be persecuted, harassed, and treated like second class citizens, if only for a little bit.
 
2014-04-08 08:30:57 PM
Had this conversation with the office Republican white boy today. He was fishing for some validation: "I mean, it happened eight years ago. Do you think it's fair that someone should lose their job over this?" I said "If you're the CEO of a major corporation and make half a million a year, you have to expect to be put under the microscope. Plus, you have a different standard when the shoe's on the other foot. Remember the Dixie Chicks? They took a stand and they paid a price for it." He said "That's completely different. They're entertainers." I answered "As I said: double standard. When someone from the other side of the aisle gets this kind of treatment, all of a sudden you're OK with it." He then became very pouty. "Why won't you take me seriously? Why do you always disagree with me?"  The answer to that (I didn't say this to him but I sure as hell thought it) was a) because he's always wrong and b) don't go looking for a fight, which is what he did, and then get upset when you lose.
 
2014-04-08 08:30:58 PM

cameroncrazy1984: The point is the difference.


I take issue with having him having to renounce anything.  Would it have really mattered if he "renounced" a political donation he made 6 years prior to being hired?

If I'm completely honest, I'm a bit divided on what to think of this entire affair.  I think Eich's views are abhorrent, but I really don't like the way he was burned at the stake for a political donation he made in 2008.  If he didn't act on those political views in the workplace, then it shouldn't have been the issue it was.  On the other hand, the free market spoke on the matter and he resigned his position as a result...which is a perfectly acceptable way of handling the situation.
 
2014-04-08 08:32:15 PM
Yeah, most people over 35 who are in support of gay rights have changed their minds. It was still standard to hate the gays until the 90's . People change, and not overnight.
 
2014-04-08 08:32:30 PM

Cymbal: I think all bigots should be exposed like the Mozilla guy. Only way they will learn what it's like to be persecuted, harassed, and treated like second class citizens, if only for a little bit.


if only they would draw this incredibly common sense and obvious deduction. Amazing how bigotry stands in the face of all logic.. even for people like Brendan.

Intelligence=who cares they're icky!!.... right past the hindbrain, that one

/and their soul
 
2014-04-08 08:33:20 PM
Chessmate, libtards!
 
2014-04-08 08:33:33 PM

clambam: Had this conversation with the office Republican white boy today. He was fishing for some validation: "I mean, it happened eight years ago. Do you think it's fair that someone should lose their job over this?" I said "If you're the CEO of a major corporation and make half a million a year, you have to expect to be put under the microscope. Plus, you have a different standard when the shoe's on the other foot. Remember the Dixie Chicks? They took a stand and they paid a price for it." He said "That's completely different. They're entertainers." I answered "As I said: double standard. When someone from the other side of the aisle gets this kind of treatment, all of a sudden you're OK with it." He then became very pouty. "Why won't you take me seriously? Why do you always disagree with me?"  The answer to that (I didn't say this to him but I sure as hell thought it) was a) because he's always wrong and b) don't go looking for a fight, which is what he did, and then get upset when you lose.


How can you take someone serious who hasn't even asked themselves the question their asking you?!
 
2014-04-08 08:34:54 PM
And this is why you never give money to a Republican.

Cause you just end up earning your training hood and getting fired from your job.
 
2014-04-08 08:34:58 PM

Pocket Ninja: Man, I remember the days when the right-wing attack machine was a fearsome apparatus, a well-oiled machine that could lay low all in its path. This? This is a chimpanzee with a BB gun.


Wait - you've actually seen LibertarianLancelotLink.org?
 
2014-04-08 08:35:48 PM
ukvapers.org
 
2014-04-08 08:37:13 PM

Shostie: [ukvapers.org image 629x340]


Lets not talk about getting stoned, thats a 'hole 'nother level of bigot :)
 
2014-04-08 08:39:18 PM
Thought this was an interesting take on this sort of stupid shiat.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/purifying-portlandia-s ha ria/

When we lived in Brooklyn, we routinely shopped at a local food store owned by Yemeni Muslim immigrants. If I had to bet, I would guess they held strongly anti-gay views, strongly anti-feminist views, and probably strongly anti-Christian views. But you know what? They were always polite to us - friendly, even - and their products were good. They were good neighbors. Who cares what they think privately, as long as they treat customers with respect?
When we lived in Philly, we shopped all the time at a local organic food co-op that was fairly Portlandish in its progressivism. But the food was good and the people were really nice to us. If they had known that they were dealing with a right-wing Christian troglodyte every time they saw me at the register buying food, it probably would have appalled them. And I'm sure that at least some of those workers held offensive prejudices about Christians and conservatives. But you know what? They were nice and we were nice and we enjoyed sharing the same neighborhood with them. Who cares what they think privately, as long as they treat customers with respect?
In the Philadelphia area, you run into Amish folks at farmer's markets, selling their produce. I was told by a local foodie that long before farmer's markets became popular, the Amish were holding the line on locally-grown fresh food. According to this person, the reason the farmer's market movement started so early and became so strong in Philly was because of the presence of the Amish from Lancaster County and elsewhere. People love them. You think the Amish are for gay marriage? You think the Amish hold properly progressive views on sex, gender roles, or anything else? Who the freak cares?!At the Baton Rouge farmer's market, the best local milk comes from Mormon dairy farmers, and the best chicken comes from Muslim chicken farmers. You think they are pure enough for Portlandia? In my town, which is fairly conservative, some of the most beloved businesses are run by liberals, and employ gay people. Nobody cares. Nobody should care. You are a bad neighbor if you care, and not just a bad neighbor, but an asshole.
 
2014-04-08 08:41:03 PM

slayer199: cameroncrazy1984: The point is the difference.

I take issue with having him having to renounce anything.  Would it have really mattered if he "renounced" a political donation he made 6 years prior to being hired?

If I'm completely honest, I'm a bit divided on what to think of this entire affair.  I think Eich's views are abhorrent, but I really don't like the way he was burned at the stake for a political donation he made in 2008.  If he didn't act on those political views in the workplace, then it shouldn't have been the issue it was.  On the other hand, the free market spoke on the matter and he resigned his position as a result...which is a perfectly acceptable way of handling the situation.


Just my two cents, but you don't really have to feel one way or the other.  I thought some of us on the left were over-reacting just a bit.  Which happens.  I didn't sign any petitions or fire off any angry e-mails.  But yes, the backlash was harsh enough to force him out...and I'm not very sad about that at all.
 
2014-04-08 08:42:01 PM
Huh. Man. Too bad I have been informed for a week that it is absolutely inappropriate for us, OK cupid users, the media or society at a large from using that against him in any way. Guess there's nothing we can do but sit here and sigh loudly.
 
2014-04-08 08:42:14 PM

slayer199: Would it have really mattered if he "renounced" a political donation he made 6 years prior to being hired?


I think so, yes. If he honestly changed his mind, it could be a different story. People's views change. Especially on that issue. It was a dumb move. One that makes me question his qualifications as CEO, but it's not exactly rare for someone's views on that issue to have changed since 2008. That trend should be encouraged, so, yeah, it would matter if he renounced his donation.

Also, he made the donation ten years after helping to found Mozilla. It was 6 years prior to his promotion to CEO, not his hiring.
 
2014-04-08 08:42:50 PM
See, articles like this are why I can't really consider myself very liberal. Liberals think that we need to stop gun violence and ensure equal rights for the handicapped, whereas I think the person who wrote this should be shot to death for being so retarded.
 
2014-04-08 08:43:57 PM

jigger: Thought this was an interesting take on this sort of stupid shiat.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/purifying-portlandia-s ha ria/

When we lived in Brooklyn, we routinely shopped at a local food store owned by Yemeni Muslim immigrants. If I had to bet, I would guess they held strongly anti-gay views, strongly anti-feminist views, and probably strongly anti-Christian views. But you know what? They were always polite to us - friendly, even - and their products were good. They were good neighbors. Who cares what they think privately, as long as they treat customers with respect?
When we lived in Philly, we shopped all the time at a local organic food co-op that was fairly Portlandish in its progressivism. But the food was good and the people were really nice to us. If they had known that they were dealing with a right-wing Christian troglodyte every time they saw me at the register buying food, it probably would have appalled them. And I'm sure that at least some of those workers held offensive prejudices about Christians and conservatives. But you know what? They were nice and we were nice and we enjoyed sharing the same neighborhood with them. Who cares what they think privately, as long as they treat customers with respect?
In the Philadelphia area, you run into Amish folks at farmer's markets, selling their produce. I was told by a local foodie that long before farmer's markets became popular, the Amish were holding the line on locally-grown fresh food. According to this person, the reason the farmer's market movement started so early and became so strong in Philly was because of the presence of the Amish from Lancaster County and elsewhere. People love them. You think the Amish are for gay marriage? You think the Amish hold properly progressive views on sex, gender roles, or anything else? Who the freak cares?!At the Baton Rouge farmer's market, the best local milk comes from Mormon dairy farmers, and the best chicken comes from Muslim chicken farmers. You think they are pure enough for Portlandia? In my town, which is fairly conservative, some of the most beloved businesses are run by liberals, and employ gay people. Nobody cares. Nobody should care. You are a bad neighbor if you care, and not just a bad neighbor, but an asshole.


Rod Dreher thinks he's got a magical ability to find water via dowsing and proved it via walking over the sprinkler lines in his back yard. . Who gives a fark what Rod Dreher has to say?
 
2014-04-08 08:44:09 PM

Soup4Bonnie: cman: The OkCupid CEO no longer believes that way...

It doesn't look like he ever did hold that view.

Here's his statement: "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."


I didn't even need to read tfa or the comments to know that's how this went down.

conservatardsgraspingatstraws.jpg
 
2014-04-08 08:44:57 PM

jigger: Thought this was an interesting take on this sort of stupid shiat.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/purifying-portlandia- s ha ria/

When we lived in Brooklyn, we routinely shopped at a local food store owned by Yemeni Muslim immigrants. If I had to bet, I would guess they held strongly anti-gay views, strongly anti-feminist views, and probably strongly anti-Christian views. But you know what? They were always polite to us - friendly, even - and their products were good. They were good neighbors. Who cares what they think privately, as long as they treat customers with respect?
When we lived in Philly, we shopped all the time at a local organic food co-op that was fairly Portlandish in its progressivism. But the food was good and the people were really nice to us. If they had known that they were dealing with a right-wing Christian troglodyte every time they saw me at the register buying food, it probably would have appalled them. And I'm sure that at least some of those workers held offensive prejudices about Christians and conservatives. But you know what? They were nice and we were nice and we enjoyed sharing the same neighborhood with them. Who cares what they think privately, as long as they treat customers with respect?
In the Philadelphia area, you run into Amish folks at farmer's markets, selling their produce. I was told by a local foodie that long before farmer's markets became popular, the Amish were holding the line on locally-grown fresh food. According to this person, the reason the farmer's market movement started so early and became so strong in Philly was because of the presence of the Amish from Lancaster County and elsewhere. People love them. You think the Amish are for gay marriage? You think the Amish hold properly progressive views on sex, gender roles, or anything else? Who the freak cares?!At the Baton Rouge farmer's market, the best local milk comes from Mormon dairy farmers, and the best chicken comes from Muslim chicken farme ...


Hey just replace the word "gay" with "successful and attractive african american" (yes i typed that out) and it reads EVEN BETTERER!! who the heck cares if you publicly vote and support discrimination, so long as we dont talk about it while we shop!

/you cad
 
2014-04-08 08:46:18 PM
I'm confused why conservatives are so outraged about this. Isn't this an example of using the free market to bring about social change?
 
2014-04-08 08:46:23 PM

jigger: Thought this was an interesting take on this sort of stupid shiat.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/purifying-portlandia-s ha ria/

When we lived in Brooklyn, we routinely shopped at a local food store owned by Yemeni Muslim immigrants. If I had to bet, I would guess they held strongly anti-gay views, strongly anti-feminist views, and probably strongly anti-Christian views. But you know what? They were always polite to us - friendly, even - and their products were good. They were good neighbors. Who cares what they think privately, as long as they treat customers with respect?
When we lived in Philly, we shopped all the time at a local organic food co-op that was fairly Portlandish in its progressivism. But the food was good and the people were really nice to us. If they had known that they were dealing with a right-wing Christian troglodyte every time they saw me at the register buying food, it probably would have appalled them. And I'm sure that at least some of those workers held offensive prejudices about Christians and conservatives. But you know what? They were nice and we were nice and we enjoyed sharing the same neighborhood with them. Who cares what they think privately, as long as they treat customers with respect?
In the Philadelphia area, you run into Amish folks at farmer's markets, selling their produce. I was told by a local foodie that long before farmer's markets became popular, the Amish were holding the line on locally-grown fresh food. According to this person, the reason the farmer's market movement started so early and became so strong in Philly was because of the presence of the Amish from Lancaster County and elsewhere. People love them. You think the Amish are for gay marriage? You think the Amish hold properly progressive views on sex, gender roles, or anything else? Who the freak cares?!At the Baton Rouge farmer's market, the best local milk comes from Mormon dairy farmers, and the best chicken comes from Muslim chicken farmers. You think they are pure enough for Portlandia? In my town, which is fairly conservative, some of the most beloved businesses are run by liberals, and employ gay people. Nobody cares. Nobody should care. You are a bad neighbor if you care, and not just a bad neighbor, but an asshole.


So as long as we are polite to each other, it's ok to undermine someone's way of life behind their back? What a wonderful world you are content with.
 
2014-04-08 08:47:39 PM

you are a puppet: See, articles like this are why I can't really consider myself very liberal. Liberals think that we need to stop gun violence and ensure equal rights for the handicapped, whereas I think the person who wrote this should be shot to death for being so retarded.


1.33/10   1 point for use of the word "handicapped" and a third of a point for comma use. You can do better...
 
2014-04-08 08:47:47 PM
OKCupid is a sanctimonious dating site?
 
2014-04-08 08:48:04 PM
So, does this make Romney the President, Palin the Officiate-Of-All-Marriages-Between-Straight-And-Same-Race-Couples, Paul Ryan the Secretary of Wall Street, Rush Limbaugh the Chief Creationist, and Chris Christie Master Chef of the Universe?
 
2014-04-08 08:48:15 PM

Fantasta Potamus: I totally believe Hot Air articles.


I'm reading it at a Chick-fil-A, so I'm getting a kick out of this
 
2014-04-08 08:48:40 PM
A few months ago, someone in Okcupid's parent company tweeted "Going to Africa, hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding, I'm white!". So it always hard for them to take the moral high ground.
 
2014-04-08 08:49:07 PM

cman: The OkCupid CEO no longer believes that way and he has gone out of his way to ensure that that message has come across


The Mozilla CEO? Well, he has yet to renounce what he did.


Yup, he said the magic words to keep his job. Another successful convertion to correct thinking.
 
2014-04-08 08:49:44 PM

foo monkey: bborchar: I guess I don't get why people can't change their minds at some point.  Isn't being against gay marriage when you are younger and then changing your mind about that later a GOOD thing?

Not if someone can use it to get you fired.


Who got fired?
 
2014-04-08 08:51:09 PM
Well crymitter judging by the way he and his company were instrumental in ruining your little waterhead pinup idol (NTTAWWT) I think its safe to say he's changed his mind since then.
 
2014-04-08 08:51:32 PM
I'm more offended by these people bribing congres

That's what they should be ashamed about
 
2014-04-08 08:52:29 PM

Mrtraveler01: I'm confused why conservatives are so outraged about this. Isn't this an example of using the free market to bring about social change?


heh for that i vote you be awarded one 'net for core-dumping conservatives. That one has no answer, and i want to watch videos of people trying :)
 
2014-04-08 08:53:50 PM

Mrtraveler01: I'm confused why conservatives are so outraged about this. Isn't this an example of using the free market to bring about social change?


It was different when they thought they would be the ones wielding that particular club. Now that the left has figured out how to swing it, it must never be unsheathed again. For propriety.
 
2014-04-08 08:55:55 PM

CanisNoir: cman: The OkCupid CEO no longer believes that way and he has gone out of his way to ensure that that message has come across


The Mozilla CEO? Well, he has yet to renounce what he did.

Yup, he said the magic words to keep his job. Another successful convertion to correct thinking.


Using peer pressure is something that we humans do to ensure order

Dont act like this is something that we havent done for thousands of years.
 
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