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OkCupid takes strong stance against Mozilla and its new CEO

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 31 Mar 2014 20:52 User comments (16)

OkCupid takes strong stance against Mozilla and its new CEO The online dating site OkCupid has taken a strong stance against Mozilla Firefox, protesting the browser due to new Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich's stance against gay marriage.
Eich supported California's Proposition 8 (which banned gay marriage) and even donated to the politicians backing the bill.

OkCupid says it will not stand for intolerance, and that eight percent of the relationships formed via the site would be illegal if bills like Prop 8 were passed everywhere. "OkCupid is for creating love," says the company. "Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure."

Here is the full post from OkCupid:



Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience. Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.

Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there's a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we're asserting ourselves today. This is why: we've devoted the last ten years to bringing people--all people--together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we've worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it's professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.

If you want to keep using Firefox, the link at the bottom will take you through to the site. However, we urge you to consider different software for accessing OkCupid.


Mozilla was quick to respond: "Mozilla supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples. No matter who you are or who you love, everyone deserves the same rights and to be treated equally. OkCupid never reached out to us to let us know of their intentions, nor to confirm facts."

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16 user comments

131.3.2014 22:07

Who gives a damn!? the guy isn't allowed to have a personal opinion? The blog post didn't cause trouble towards others! He isn't out to fire people, he was simply focusing on an issue in his own blog stating he was not going to cause problems, and if people felt that he had wronged them in anyway, he wanted to apologize!

I swear, some people are such children!


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231.3.2014 22:27

It seems rather hypocritical and judgmental of OkStupid to be so intolerant of people who don't hold the same views they have. People living in a free society should be able to use what ever browser they want.

331.3.2014 22:47

Inject OkCupid with Aids and see how they respond.

41.4.2014 5:31

Originally posted by GryphB:
Inject OkCupid with Aids and see how they respond.

Way to show your ignorance! AIDS is a condition, not a specific disease/infection. That said, there is a difference between individuals in an organization and the organization itself taking certain actions.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 01 Apr 2014 @ 5:32

51.4.2014 8:32

Originally posted by WW3:
Who gives a damn!? the guy isn't allowed to have a personal opinion?
But it isn't just about a 'personal opinion', it's using a business to further prejudice.

Anyone can hold whatever personal prejudiced views they like but in our public dealings with each other they have no place...and if you think otherwise then try to imagine it is you on the receiving end.


61.4.2014 11:22

Originally posted by Interestx:
Originally posted by WW3:
Who gives a damn!? the guy isn't allowed to have a personal opinion?
But it isn't just about a 'personal opinion', it's using a business to further prejudice.

Anyone can hold whatever personal prejudiced views they like but in our public dealings with each other they have no place...and if you think otherwise then try to imagine it is you on the receiving end.


Where did it ever say he used the business to do anything with this??? From all I can see he personally supported these things. Again none of these Nazi "tolerance" folks business. How bullshit is it they aren't tolerant of this guys personal beliefs?

Just my $0.02,

dEwMe

71.4.2014 13:52

All this uproar about the CEO of Mozilla being intolerant of homosexuals is a bit much. It's not like the company has any policy that discriminates against homosexuals. Mozilla is a software engineering company, a large part of which is volunteer, and all of the backlash aimed at the company overlooks the fact that this is ONE PERSON'S views, not the views of Mozilla. How a CEO feels doesn't effect Firefox, FirefoxOS, or anything else really . . . so there's my rant for the day.

81.4.2014 16:30

It's not just some political opinion, nimrods, the man's financially backed policy that arbitrarily limits the rights of an entire people. Would you all be singing the old "It's just an opinion" diddy if he backed Jim Crow? "Black people should be kept separate from white people" is just an opinion, after all.

Good on OKCupid, I say.



91.4.2014 19:05

I stand by everyone being free to have their own personal views regardless if I agree with them or not, its what makes every last one of us unique individuals. I'm surfing the net with firefox right now and have been for years, Still not finding any references to opposition of Gay Marriage directly related to this piece of software... So guess Ill keep using it, if OK Cupid now wants to be an online Dating Service and a political party so be it, but I don't think they are going to balance success between the both judging their first actions.

101.4.2014 20:02

Originally posted by nintenut:
It's not just some political opinion, nimrods, the man's financially backed policy that arbitrarily limits the rights of an entire people.
Precisely, some people just refuse to see that equitable treatment of everybody in public & business life is in all of our interests....one day it might be you that is the target of prejudice, it's bad enough when it's some idiot with private views being obnoxious but business & public life too?
No thanks.


111.4.2014 20:03

Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Originally posted by GryphB:
Inject OkCupid with Aids and see how they respond.

Way to show your ignorance! AIDS is a condition, not a specific disease/infection. That said, there is a difference between individuals in an organization and the organization itself taking certain actions.
Obviously you didn't understand that as "virus".

121.4.2014 21:44

Originally posted by nintenut:
It's not just some political opinion, nimrods, the man's financially backed policy that arbitrarily limits the rights of an entire people. Would you all be singing the old "It's just an opinion" diddy if he backed Jim Crow? "Black people should be kept separate from white people" is just an opinion, after all.

Good on OKCupid, I say.
Yes, he backed discriminatory policies. However, this has nothing to do with Mozilla. Mozilla, the business entity, did not use its cash to fund the bill, and the CEO did not use Mozilla's money to do it. No matter what one person in the company supports, it does not damn the whole company.

131.4.2014 21:51

Originally posted by nintenut:
Its not just some political opinion, nimrods, the mans financially backed policy that arbitrarily limits the rights of an entire people. Would you all be singing the old "Its just an opinion" diddy if he backed Jim Crow? "Black people should be kept separate from white people" is just an opinion, after all.

Good on OKCupid, I say.
Basically what I mean by my previous comment is that OkCupid should not take out their views on Firefox because Mozilla has not done anything to disagree with their views, it was one person who works for Mozilla. I'm not saying it's "just an opinion" I think that is a grotesque oversimplification; what I'm saying is that no matter what someone who works for Mozilla does or says, it does not change Mozilla itself. To use your analogy, there probably are people who would support Jim Crow laws working for Mozilla right this very moment, but that doesn't mean that Mozilla supports that view.

142.4.2014 1:26

Originally posted by jjmehm:
Originally posted by nintenut:
It's not just some political opinion, nimrods, the man's financially backed policy that arbitrarily limits the rights of an entire people. Would you all be singing the old "It's just an opinion" diddy if he backed Jim Crow? "Black people should be kept separate from white people" is just an opinion, after all.

Good on OKCupid, I say.
Yes, he backed discriminatory policies. However, this has nothing to do with Mozilla. Mozilla, the business entity, did not use its cash to fund the bill, and the CEO did not use Mozilla's money to do it. No matter what one person in the company supports, it does not damn the whole company.
marriage is a commitment between a man and a woman to spent the rest of there lives together, by allowing 2 males or 2 females to marry each other it changes the whole definition of it.which may be the reason some are against it,personally doesn't affect me as i'm not homosexual.
I don't think people should have to change there personal views cause they run a company,they do need to keep personal lives and professional lives seperate at times , i don't care what mozillas ceo supports or doesn't support im still gonna use it.

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152.4.2014 2:55

Originally posted by jjmehm:
Originally posted by nintenut:
It's not just some political opinion, nimrods, the man's financially backed policy that arbitrarily limits the rights of an entire people. Would you all be singing the old "It's just an opinion" diddy if he backed Jim Crow? "Black people should be kept separate from white people" is just an opinion, after all.

Good on OKCupid, I say.
Yes, he backed discriminatory policies. However, this has nothing to do with Mozilla. Mozilla, the business entity, did not use its cash to fund the bill, and the CEO did not use Mozilla's money to do it. No matter what one person in the company supports, it does not damn the whole company.
Originally posted by jjmehm:
Originally posted by nintenut:
Its not just some political opinion, nimrods, the mans financially backed policy that arbitrarily limits the rights of an entire people. Would you all be singing the old "Its just an opinion" diddy if he backed Jim Crow? "Black people should be kept separate from white people" is just an opinion, after all.

Good on OKCupid, I say.
Basically what I mean by my previous comment is that OkCupid should not take out their views on Firefox because Mozilla has not done anything to disagree with their views, it was one person who works for Mozilla. I'm not saying it's "just an opinion" I think that is a grotesque oversimplification; what I'm saying is that no matter what someone who works for Mozilla does or says, it does not change Mozilla itself. To use your analogy, there probably are people who would support Jim Crow laws working for Mozilla right this very moment, but that doesn't mean that Mozilla supports that view.

They've appointed this man as their CEO, the face of their company. Any business done with the company now directly supports him and his bigotry.
Originally posted by xboxdvl2:
Originally posted by jjmehm:
Originally posted by nintenut:
It's not just some political opinion, nimrods, the man's financially backed policy that arbitrarily limits the rights of an entire people. Would you all be singing the old "It's just an opinion" diddy if he backed Jim Crow? "Black people should be kept separate from white people" is just an opinion, after all.

Good on OKCupid, I say.
Yes, he backed discriminatory policies. However, this has nothing to do with Mozilla. Mozilla, the business entity, did not use its cash to fund the bill, and the CEO did not use Mozilla's money to do it. No matter what one person in the company supports, it does not damn the whole company.
marriage is a commitment between a man and a woman to spent the rest of there lives together, by allowing 2 males or 2 females to marry each other it changes the whole definition of it.which may be the reason some are against it,personally doesn't affect me as i'm not homosexual.


I want you to carefully reread what you've just written.


165.4.2014 7:37

OKCupid's sense of moral superiority is rather surprising given that a "60 Minutes" report a few weeks ago identified them as gathering a great deal of information about its customers and then sending that info to data brokers. This includes all kinds of personal info that people submit to find prospective dates, including sexual orientation.

See http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-data-...evolution-alma/ starting at 10:50 minutes.

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