Political Correctness Gone Awry
I normally try to focus on topics related to Thailand and Southeast Asia but today I feel the need to talk about something that has gone down the past few days and reminds me of one of the reasons I enjoy living in Thailand - there is very little political correctness. Hopefully, this will not change.
The reason I bring up political correctness, or PC, is Adria Richards. What is an Adria Richards? A woman who is memorable for all the wrong reasons. Adria Richards is a self-
Here's how it went down:
Richards assumed the joke she overheard was of a sexual nature.
She took offense.
She turned around and took a photo of the two men.
She then tweeted the comments shown below and a photo of the men.
She reported the pair to conference organizers.
One of the two men gets fired.
Richards gets fired.
The party online kicks in to high gear.
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Hey @mundanematt, it's clear from the last 24 hours you're a bully. @SendGrid supports me. Stop trolling!
Effective immediately, SendGrid has terminated the employment of Adria Richards. While generally are sensitive and confidential with respect to employee matters, the situation has taken on a public nature. We have taken action that we believe is in the overall best interests of SendGrid, its’ employees, and our customers. As we continue to process the vast amount of information, we will post something more comprehensive.
Richards writes on her blog, But You're Just a Girl (nah, she doesn't have an attitude, does she?) about being shaken by the incident. Yea, right...this supposed strong, powerful woman is shaken by a couple of geeks laughing like Beavis and Butthead about dongles and forking a repo?
"Oh my Lord, my ears are burning with sin!" C'mon honey, stop trying to bullshit people.
If a man were sitting in front of two women telling the same joke and he reported it, he would be laughed out of the conference. If he dared tweet a photo of the two women, Gloria Allred would have received a phone call from the pair — directly.
Please watch the video: When asked to give an example of mansplaining, she tells how a husband and wife are sitting next to her. The husband is trying to get his luggage to fit into the overhead compartment and he tells the stewardess to "push harder on the luggage." Once again, Richards feels she has the right to stick her beak into another's business telling the wife, "he's mansplaining."
I hope I sit next to her on a plane and she tries her bullshit on me because I would love to be the one to tell her to mind her own fucking business (my guess is numerous people have already done so). Making small talk on an airplane is perfectly acceptable in small portions, informing a wife her husband is "mansplaining" is asking for trouble.
Also, did Richards ever stop to think that some men might actually be trying to be nice by helping?
Sounds to me like she's the know-it-all bitch. She needs to shut her mouth, mind her own business (MYOB as my mother would put it) and focus on what's being said in the conference instead of acting like some pompous, narcissistic, prudish school girl. If find it offensive this bitch can listen in on other people's conversation, claim she's offended, and then put a father of three on the unemployment line. For the record, I am damn glad to see she's out of a job. Let's see you find another job as a developer evangelist.
Bottom line - Richards completely overreacted. PlayHaven overreacted, and SendGrid...did the right thing. She could have simply turned to the men and said, "Hey, guys, C'mon, enough already," given them a dirty look, or said, "Do you mind?" This would have quietly and effectively alleviated the problem. Instead, she caused a cluster-fuck of monumental proportions.
Griping about what was on a shirt (second comment)
Amanda Blue - How All Lost: An Established Pattern of Action
Adria Richards: @smarx Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is
Adria Richards: @smarx Men can show leadership in the home by doing the laundry c:@lynneluvah @catpoetry @drgoddess
Dave Hall @skwashd 15 Mar
I made it to US and A. I've received my traditional TSA welcoming - having my nuts fondled.
@skwashd you should put something in your pants next time...like a bunch of socks inside one...large...sock. TSA agent faint
Karma's a bitch and so is Adria Richards. I got news for you Adria honey; real men love their dongles and they make no apologies for doing so.