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Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Responds To Anti-Gay Accusations

Newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has spoken out on equality for the first time following uproar over the revelation that he donated $1000 to California's Proposition 8 campaign, which prevented same-sex couples from being able to marry.

Eich emphasizes his commitment to inclusiveness in the statement on his blog. Here's an excerpt:

I am deeply honored and humbled by the CEO role. I’m also grateful for the messages of support. At the same time, I know there are concerns about my commitment to fostering equality and welcome for LGBT individuals at Mozilla. I hope to lay those concerns to rest, first by making a set of commitments to you. More important, I want to lay them to rest by actions and results.

A number of Mozillians, including LGBT individuals and allies, have stepped forward to offer guidance and assistance in this. I cannot thank you enough, and I ask for your ongoing help to make Mozilla a place of equality and welcome for all. Here are my commitments, and here’s what you can expect:

  • Active commitment to equality in everything we do, from employment to events to community-building.
  • Working with LGBT communities and allies, to listen and learn what does and doesn’t make Mozilla supportive and welcoming.
  • My ongoing commitment to our Community Participation Guidelines, our inclusive health benefits, our anti-discrimination policies, and the spirit that underlies all of these.
  • My personal commitment to work on new initiatives to reach out to those who feel excluded or who have been marginalized in ways that makes their contributing to Mozilla and to open source difficult. More on this last item below.

I know some will be skeptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything. I can only ask for your support to have the time to “show, not tell”; and in the meantime express my sorrow at having caused pain.

Eich goes on to promise "exemplary behavior" towards everyone in the Mozilla community and encourages accountability for his future actions and declares that a structure will be put in place to ensure that accountability. You can read his full statement here.

What do you think of Eich's "actions speak louder than words" approach to ensuring inclusiveness at Mozilla?

It should be noted that his statement contextualizes itself as specific to Mozilla and doesn't comment on Prop. 8 directly, nor does it explain how he'll choose to support or not support LGBT equality outside the work place. 

Thoughts??

 

Comments

Give the guy a royal break, people!!!!  The LGBT community talks of intolerance and you folks start to determine whether his off-work opinions differ from his position at the company!  Thought police? Here they come!

Bullshit!

I call bull...shit!  He's just covering his ass.  

To the gallows and let the crows pick his corpse to bits!...

Oh wait, that was meant for Phelps...

Mr Prop8 supporting Mozilla CEO needs to join the homeless shelter lines...

Mindless PR drivel.

The Board that gave him this job failed. They should've vetted this CEO better. Pretty short sighted. Tech savy youth and people are so more enlightened about the need for equality for LGBT people. 

Before these articles, I didn't even know Mozilla existed.

I deleted Mozilla after use of atleast 4 years. Opera it is

This is no different than Chic-fil-a.  He just doesn't want to drag that company into it.

Making a equal donation to Glaad and saying he was sorry would have meant far more then keeping a very good employer good. 

Wow!  Talk about evasive.  Basically he is saying "Sorry you are upset about what I have done, but I did it."  The rest is all bla bla bla... 

Sounds like he'll pay lip service at work, but continue to write big checks to the forces of evil when he gets home.

If he really wants to put this behind him, he needs to explain why he made those donations in the past-- perhaps a friend or family member pressured him?-- apologize for it, and promise he won't use his new CEO salary to promote bigotry in the future.

Boycott

Although this reads like a political press-release, I think provided he sticks to these promises and does actually try his best to maintain equality at Mozilla then he can believe whatever he wants in his personal life - you can't force somebody to change their personal views, you can just hope that in time they will realize that they are wrong and will change them.  I hope that for him but only time will tell.

Mr. Campbell:  I think that your observation at the conclusion of the article sums up what I was thinking as I read the statement of Mr. Eich.    It seems to be very businesslike and very "PC," but the proof will be in what he does personally in the future.   Until I see some kind of commitment to change from him, Mozilla will not be on my list of products to use or recommend online.

Is he an undercover politician?

Mozilla blacklisted

What meaningless, PR driven drivel. No explanation of past actions, no apology. Just more bullshit. he obviously still doesn't get it.

Absent a commitment to abjure any and all actions that might cause distress or harm to any member of the LGBT community by Eich(mann), and a commitment to re-educate himself rigorously to root out forever any tendencies in his personality towards the religious or conservative viewpoints, it's about what you can expect the CEO of a company to say when he's put his foot in his mouth in the past.

No Mozilla for me.

Thank god I use Safari... :)

And so do I!

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