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Brendan Eich's Resignation From Firefox Sparks Homophobic Feedback

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04/07/2014 8:28 pm
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Brendan Eich's Resignation From Firefox Sparks Homophobic Feedback
Media Courtesy of queerty.com
Jenna Boures Staff Writer @jboures Brendan Eich resigned Thursday from his position as CEO of Mozilla due to controversy over his support of Proposition 8. Firefox, the company’s popular web browser, received a plethora of homophobic feedback due to Eich’s ouster. Pink News reports that Eich’s resignation triggered the most feedback in the history of the company –86% of it negative. Web users submitted over 74,000 comments to Firefox Input, many of them using anti-LGBT slurs and violent language. Some of the (hardly) tamer comments include: "Diversity means inclusion, sad day at Mozilla for caving to the bigoted thought police. I'll stand with a gay person any day but these pigs need to go back to their klan." "Firing your CEO for supporting traditional marriage is utter BULLSHIT!! There is not freedom of speech in your organization. You either support gay crap or you are a bigot and therefore OUT! I will no longer be using Firefox as my primary browser. You can take it and shove it." "Uninstalled firefox because of your anti-christian bigotry." Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, prompted other conservatives to uninstall Firefox as an act of protest over Eich’s resignation. Although more than half of the comments written on Firefox Input are negative, there are others who think Eich’s resignation was appropriate. One such organization is the dating site OkCupid, which installed a pop-up that encouraged users to access the site from a different browser because of Eich’s support of Prop 8. Following Eich’s resignation, OkCupid released a statement via The Huffington Post, "We are pleased that OkCupid’s boycott has brought tremendous awareness to the critical matter of equal rights for all individuals and partnerships.”

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