That infamous ex-Google employee has found himself in yet another firestorm.
Remember James Damore, the (now former) Google employee who created a firestorm for that controversial memo he sent to colleagues?
Well, he’s up a creek again.
In early August, Damore was fired after a sexist memo he wrote in which he falsely claimed biological differences between the genders were a reason why fewer women work in tech leaked to the press.
In an interview with Business Insider, Damore suggested being a conservative employee at Google is like “being gay in the 1950s.”
After being asked about how he’d respond to women at Google who were offended by his remarks, Damore segued into the allegedly oppressive work environments keeping conservatives quiet in Silicon Valley:
“Really, its like being gay in the 1950s. These conservatives have to stay in the closet and have to mask who they really are. And thats a huge problem because theres open discrimination against anyone who comes out of [the] closet as a conservative.”
The internet wasn’t having it.
After the interview published, Twitter users piled on, pointing out how asinine Damore’s remarks truly were.
Damore was fired for sending out a sexist memo not for being conservative which sort of nulled his point from the get-go.
I’m sure writing a manifesto alleging female coworkers are biologically inferior might’ve had more to do with it.
Robert Hallock (@Thracks) August 18, 2017
It’s absurd for someone like Damore to try and play the victim card in the first place, though.
Poor Cons. They think white males have it so hard in today’s society.
eudaimonia (@ainomiadue) August 17, 2017
Because it’s difficult to be part of the largest political ideology base in the U.S. and also claim you’re oppressed.
You can’t get fired simply for being conservative, after all. You still can be fired, however, for being LGBTQ.
Yeah, did you guys know gays could get fired in 1950? And nothing that was at all worse than that? Terrible!
Jon Tucker (@Jonnycakes22) August 18, 2017
Decades-old research, one user highlighted, found large majorities of LGBTQ people reported being harassed or assaulted because of who they were.
You don’t need hard data to understand what LGBTQ people went through, though. The tales are horrifying enough.
I new people who were gay in the 1950s. I’ve heard their stories. He’s full of shit.
Mel Dahl (@DahlMel1) August 18, 2017
Damore probably should have done his research before making a claim like that.
JAMES DAMORE: Being a conservative at Google is like being gay in the 1950s
ALAN TURING, castrated for being gay in 1950s: Yes, of course.
Many sided statue (@CallMeSpits) August 18, 2017
When words failed, images said it all.
GIFs, too, seemed like an appropriate response.
A very appropriate response.
Damore’s clueless comparison shows the dangers in forgetting history or failing to learn it in the first place.
In 1950 long before gay marriage or same-sex adoption laws were even up for debate homosexuality was still considered a sociopathic personality disturbance by the American Psychiatric Association. In 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower signed an executive order banning LGBTQ people from working for the federal government because they were perceived as a security threat.
It wasn’t until 16 years later that the Stonewall Inn riots considered the launch of the modern day LGBTQ rights movement erupted after years of harassment and abuse of queer New Yorkers at the hands of city police.
You really believe the challenges you face as a conservative are comparable to what closeted LGBTQ people dealt with 60 years ago?