Over the past few days I’ve been closely following this story.
The Cliff’s Notes version is that the CEO of Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, donated to the asshats who wanted to ban gay marriage in California a few years ago. The news of this breaks, a bunch of people start to reject Firefox (including one of their biggest supporters), the CEO then resigns and the internet cheers.
This was important to me on many levels, not just because I support gay marriage but because I make websites. I had even started putting the code in place that would direct anyone using Firefox and visiting this site or the Masocast to a page explaining why they should switch browsers and would in fact prevent them from using the site until they did so from a different browser. This isn’t an original idea since a bunch of others had already started doing this very thing but I wanted to do my part. Thankfully that’s one less thing I have on my todo list now.
The interesting thing about the story is how some are now claiming it’s a loss for free speech. I disagree, we’re not saying he can’t be an asshole, we’re saying we’re not going to use a product, or in some cases allow the product to be used on our websites, if the CEO of that product is an asshole when it comes to some very basic human rights issues that you’d have to be an asshole not to support.
But that’s not the only story about equality, companies and assholes this week. Here’s another that makes me want to go buy a ton of graham crackers.