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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

OkCupid Wants You to Boycott Firefox for New CEO's Anti-Gay Donation

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 7:15 AM

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OkCupid, the popular dating site and receptacle for every woman's professed love of Amelie, has a different message for users of late, and no, it's not asking you to take a quiz on what kind of cheese you are. 

Instead, those who visit OkCupid using the Firefox browser are greeted with a message asking them to switch browsers. Why? Because Mozilla's new CEO (and former Chief Technology Officer) Brendan Eich donated $1,000 in support of Proposition 8, the measure which banned same-sex marriage, back in 2008.

See OkCupid's message after the jump.

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You know it's serious when legit tech companies urge you to switch to Internet Explorer!

OkCupid's boycott comes on the heels of a backlash from Firefox developers, some of whom are taking their apps off the market, Mozilla employees, and the general public, who are calling for Eich's resignation.

Twitter users, per the usual, have taken it to the tweets, using the hashtag #boycottmozilla to express their ire.

Eich addressed some of these concerns in a blog post on his website, saying: "I am committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion."

Mozilla also weighed in on its blog, saying they support LGBT equality: 

"Over the past few days we have been asked a number of questions about Brendan Eich's appointment as CEO. This post is to clarify Mozilla's official support of equality and inclusion for LGBT people. 

Mozilla's mission is to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just. This is why Mozilla supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples. No matter who you are or who you love, everyone deserves the same rights and to be treated equally."

And a little later on, they note "One voice will not limit opportunity for anyone," which may very well be true, considering Mozilla is a huge company, but it's pretty absurd to think the beliefs of its CEO won't have a considerable influence on Mozilla's policies and decisions. This isn't to say that Eich will go all Chik Fil-A or anything. Indeed, Mozilla has a pretty decent track record of inclusion -- and it did host the first lesbian-focused hackathon, creatively titled Lesbians Who Tech Hackathon at the Mozilla Foundation. Time will tell, we suppose, whether Eich's and Mozilla's commitment to equality is more than just lip service or backpedaling due to, in part, the reach of companies like OkCupid, which boasts 1 million visitors a day.

It'll also be interesting to see whether Eich issues a real apology, as many have urged, and not the bullshit one about being "sorry for causing hurt" but not for the action itself. Not even our mom would buy that. If he does, perhaps queer folks and allies can go back to being "activity partners" with Firefox once more.

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