titled developer evangelist who worked for SendGrid, an email delivery company. Her BS title is enough to rub me the wrong way but her actions last week at a Pycon Conference put her atop my list of least favorite women (she’s the only one on the list). Richards overheard two men sitting behind her telling a joke about “big dongles” and “forking repos” and her Victorian, "Oh my Sweet Lord" response has the tech world in a tizzy and more gender divided than ever.
In case you do not know, a “dongle” is a small piece of hardware used in software copy protection and “forking a repo” is making a copy of a software package to make a new program.
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.
It might be a tad bit presumptuous of me but at least for the moment, I doubt many men are fond of Richards. She has a history of being thorny and there's a fine line between strong and difficult.
Just hours prior to being fired, Richards responded to a tweet by @MundaneMatt,
Hey @mundanematt, it's clear from the last 24 hours you're a bully. @SendGrid supports me. Stop trolling!
Apparently SendGrid doesn't support you honey because as Donald Trump loves to say, "You're fired!" To put it in more appropriately, they canned your sorry ass.
In a statement taken from the companies’ Facebook page:
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.
There is a saying here in Thailand, Sum Num Na! This translates into something along the lines of You got what you deserve! The joke may have been in poor taste and she certainly had the right to report the pair, but publicly shaming those involved by sending a tweet of the photo to her 10,000-plus followers violated their privacy and is every bit an issue as their joke.
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.
To get a better idea of the type of woman Adria Richards really is, take a look at the links, comments and video below. In the video she explains "mansplaining," which is when "a guy tells a woman something that she already knows." Don't women do the same thing on a regular basis? My wife does and I know many other women does as well.
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.
A couple of her previous problems:
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
Is this what America's coming to?
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.