Contemptible corporate cowardice

posted at 2:41 pm on July 11, 2014 by Noah Rothman

There is a difference between defending and condoning controversial but nevertheless free expression and policing it. That distinction seems lost on many, particularly those who derive no greater pleasure in life than from converging on a corporate target and demanding the scalp of an employee who ran afoul of social norms or standards of decorum.

In December, an obscure PR manager for the broadband company InterActive Corp. took to Twitter where she made a racially insensitive attempt at dark humor. “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS,” she Tweeted. “Just kidding. I’m white!” The tweet was offensive to many – one suspects it was her intention to be provocative – but it was only seen by her 100 or so followers. This was not her first off-color joke, and it is likely that those 100 or so followers of hers were accustomed to Sacco’s dark humor.

But it was a slow news day with Christmas approaching, and her joke became the center of a shocking social phenomenon. Media outlets picked up on her joke, publicized it, and denounced it with intensifying ferocity. Sacco’s critics demanded her employer account for her actions, even while she was still in the air on a flight to Africa. The Twitter hashtag “#HasJustineLandedYet” became a sensation. Reporters descended on the airport where it was believed Sacco would land. They reached out to her family for comment. A mob, not dissimilar from any other mob history has produced, began to form.

They demanded a scalp, and they got it. Sacco’s employer let her go just hours after the controversy over her tweet erupted. The self-satisfied horde, having stripped this source of validation clean, simply moved on to another target. Sacco eventually landed on her feet but, for a few months, her life was destroyed in order to provide the public with a few hours’ entertainment.

Had Sacco’s employer stood by her, surely the controversy would have lasted slightly longer than it did, but not by much. The horde must be sated and they quickly tire of pursuing satisfaction from a hardened target. InterActive Corp displayed an all too common form of corporate cowardice, one which has become as prolific as it is inexplicable.

A similar example of corporate timidity took place on Friday. Axelle Despiegelaere, a Belgian teen soccer fan, became an internet sensation when she was recently featured in an amateur YouTube video. The young girl was pretty. So pretty, in fact, that the French cosmetics firm L’Oréal swept her up from obscurity and offered her a modeling contract. A L’Oréal video featuring the young girl getting a hair treatment gained over 1 million online views since it was posted on Tuesday. The 17-year-old’s life was radically altered, and it looked like her future would be bright.

But the aspiring model’s fans were apparently shocked to learn that this pretty girl was a fully developed human being with a range of life experiences. No sooner had this teen’s looks gone viral, however, that photographs of the young girl on an African safari where she had hunted and killed big game did so as well. She, too, had indulged in a little dark humor when the young hunting enthusiast made a joke about getting ready to “hunt Americans.”

In the face of outrage from the perennially outraged, the company folded. “L’Oréal Professional Belgium collaborated with her on an ad hoc basis to produce a video for social media use in Belgium,” a company representative told The Independent. “The contract has now been completed.”

The firm’s representative stressed that the images of Despiegelaere on a hunting trip did not directly impact their decision, but they were also quick to add unsolicited that L’Oréal “no longer tests on animals, anywhere in the world, and does not delegate this task to others.”

One suspects that a Venn diagram of those who were offended by Despiegelaere’s African adventure and those millions of women worldwide who purchase and consume beauty products would show the overlap is limited. Nevertheless, the company bowed before the vocal minority.

Though it is a different situation entirely from those above, a similar phenomenon occurred last week when SiriusXM radio host Anthony Cumia was let go from his longtime hosting job with The Opie & Anthony Show.

Cumia, who had a long history of performing Sacco-esque dark, racial humor (as well as many other forms of humor) on his program, was taking pictures in Times Square when he photographed a woman who did not appreciate it. According to Cumia, who took to Twitter shortly after the confrontation, he was assaulted by the woman. He accused her, an African-American, of being a “savage” and attributed his attack to part of a “problem with violence in the black community.”

These racially inflammatory Tweets sparked a familiar firestorm online and, within hours, Cumia’s employer called his remarks “hate-filled” and “abhorrent” in a statement announcing his firing.

Ribald, risqué, skirting the bounds of appropriate modern discourse; these were the qualities that Cumia’s program was known for, and for which its listeners were willing to pay a subscription fee. There is no small amount of irony in the fact that Cumia was let go for Tweeting what his employer considered racially insensitive remarks, whereas the company was happy to pay him for years to say far more inflammatory things on their air. (Full disclosure: I interned for this radio program and XM Satellite Radio in late 2004-early 2005).

The argument in favor SiriusXM’s move was similar to the argument in favor of L’Oreal’s decision to drop Despiegelaere. As private companies, it is their prerogative whether or not to associate themselves with behavior they or others deem inappropriate. But these companies are also cutting off their own nose to some extent. Those paying subscribers who tuned in to The Opie & Anthony Show are tuning out with one half of that 20-year duo having been excised.

“While no hard figures are available, it appears that the “Boycott Sirius” movement is gaining traction and potentially doing damage to the publicly traded company’s bottom line,” The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove reported. “As of this morning, more than 16,000 fans had signed the online petition to give Cumia his job back. Assuming they are current or former customers who either canceled or plan to cancel their SiriusXM subscriptions, that alone could mean a revenue loss of nearly $3 million a year.”

That is money the hard-pressed company can hardly afford to lose. Sirius Satellite Radio stock, which was trading on the NASDAQ at nearly $4 per share in January, is now hovering around $3.38 per share today. The stock price shed 10 cents in the immediate wake of Cumia’s firing. The top-heavy company, which supports burdensome fixed operating costs like a fleet of orbiting communications satellites and celebrity talent, can hardly afford the loss in exchange for the fleeting goodwill of the fickle non-subscribers who expressed their outrage.

In service to the demands of a rabble, however righteous their demands may be in the eyes of many Americans, this company shirked its fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders. Fearful of a backlash from this perpetually aggrieved, these and other companies simply fold. The result? These companies lose formerly satisfied customers and the empty lives of the forever outraged are no fuller for having claimed a scalp. Theirs is a hollow victory.

There are also examples of firms that held firm in the face of the mob. After A&E Television Networks jettisoned Robertson patriarch Phil Robertson for echoing the Bible’s objections to same-sex marriage, the company quickly reversed course when it became clear that few of those who were offended by his comments were regular viewers of his program. Those who were not offended, however, threatened to gravely impact the company’s bottom line. A&E ignored the mob.

No scalps claimed. No careers destroyed. No reputations besmirched. Duck Dynasty’s viewership dipped slightly, and the throng of offended non-viewers had to be satisfied with that as a consolation. SiriusXM and L’Oréal might have taken the same course, and would probably have seen both predicaments resolved in similar fashion.

It bears repeating that noting the contradictions above is not the same as condoning offensive behavior. There is, however, something perverse in the cyclical nature of the reptilian online mob arising, demanding a sacrifice, and moving on to the next target with equal rapidity. They demand conformity of thought and behavior, they are unforgiving of mistakes, and they do not accept apologies. They are not always easily appeased, but it suggests that they can be ignored without much consequence.

It would appear that the mob only has the power that they are granted by the cowardly corporate entities who attempt to assuage them. Their employees are only human; they make mistakes. Would it really destroy a brand if these firms acknowledged that?

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I am not gay, I do not use drugs, and I don’t sleep with any trollop that I can get my hands on.

I have a 0% chance of getting AIDS…

ConstantineXI on July 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

In Progressiveville, correct opinions are not optional; they’re mandatory.

RBMN on July 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

The Inquisition continues. Heretics will be burned.

And #DumpNoah. heh

faraway on July 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Didn’t Ann Coulter write a book about this? I seem to remember something about democracy being mob rule.

Well, they’ve been incorrectly calling the USA a democracy for so long it’s obvious people are believing it and acting accordingly.

“When in a democracy, take a poll and riot if you get over 50%.”

– ancient Chinese proverb

platypus on July 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

This is how the left operates these days. Case in point…… the bullying and harassment towards anyone who does not agree with the gay agenda.

People forced to bake cakes and take part in gay “weddings” regardless of their convictions, and being forced to attend leftist “therapy” are good examples.

cat_owner on July 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Hollywood intimidates its own in much the same fashion.

southsideironworks on July 11, 2014 at 2:55 PM

There is, however, something perverse in the cyclical nature of the reptilian online mob arising, demanding a sacrifice, and moving on to the next target with equal rapidity.

Reptilian? :)

–Allowing for private contracts that provide additional constraints, I would have companies hiring and firing whoever they like, for whatever reasons they like. But Progs don’t feel that way. They don’t want the company “forcing its morality” on anyone. Which brings us right back to hypocrisy. Really — we just need to put a cot in hypocrisy and stop even wandering around.

Axe on July 11, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Holy crap. An article written by Noah Rothman that I entirely agree with.

Bravo, sir! I totally agree and it is long overdue for these corporations to stop pandering to the wishes of a tiny, but vocal, minority. I believe it to be a very similar phenomenon to the way corporations continue to pander to the environmental activists, who represent a tiny sliver of their customer base.

As with you, I do not argue against a company’s ability to fire an employee for virtually any reason. If a company wants to select their employees based upon their Twitter comments, so be it. That’s their right as a private company. But I find it to be incredibly short-sighted, and ultimately harmful to those companies themselves.

Shump on July 11, 2014 at 2:56 PM

In Progressiveville, correct opinions are not optional; they’re mandatory.

RBMN on July 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Ironic isn’t it, that the side that screeches “KEEP YOUR GOVERNMENT OUT OF MY BEDROOM”, and “KEEP YOUR ROSARY OFF MY OVARIES” are advocates of Thoughtcrime?

ConstantineXI on July 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

It would appear that the mob only has the power that they are granted by the cowardly corporate entities who attempt to assuage them. Their employees are only human; they make mistakes. Would it really destroy a brand if these firms acknowledged that?

It doesn’t even have to be a mistake to get the groupthink sans-culottes to call someone to visit Madame Guillotine. Case in point, the Mozilla CEO forced from his position simply because he exercised his 1st Amendment rights and donated to oppose CA’s Prop 8.

That wasn’t a mistake despite what the groupthink sans-culotte fascists claim – it was his decision based on his conscience and beliefs and entirely protected under the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

The question to the cowardly corporate entities and the sans-culotte fascists is – who appointed you to be the arbitrator of when rights exist and don’t exist?

Athos on July 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

I wonder how long it will take for links and blogs about:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/382483/adult-illegal-immigrants-posing-children-enroll-high-school-ryan-lovelace

Just wait until the male illegals declare transgender identity so they can freely waltz right into the girls restrooms.

Good times.

hawkeye54 on July 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Free Speech means it’s OK to offend adults.

faraway on July 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Twitter is pretty stupid. Especially the twitter mob.

What’s particularity humorous is the supposed journalist who do nothing but tweet each other and then re-tweeting each others tweets.

They spend more time re-tweeting canned sound-bites from politicians or their aids than they do investigating and doing actual reporting.

Guess it’s easier to tweet “republicans hate women #notmybossdecision” than it is to actually explain the facts.

And we wonder why the younger generation doesn’t understand the issues.

HumpBot Salvation on July 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/07/11/Exclusive-TSA-Allowing-Illegals-to-Fly-Without-Verifiable-ID-Says-Border-Patrol-Union

Holding my breath in 3…2….1……..

MistyLane on July 11, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Ahhh spreading lice, germs and disease in coach class, at the very least. What else could possibly go wrong with this idea.

hawkeye54 on July 11, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Just wait until the male illegals declare transgender identity so they can freely waltz right into the girls restrooms.

Good times.

hawkeye54 on July 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Boys, girls….we’re all NAMBLA members now!

MistyLane on July 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

On global warming er climate change, wuwt posted this article: Climate Change Hysteria and the Madness of Crowds. An excerpt:

Years of relentless doomsday prognostications by a variety of public voices spanning the political-scientific spectrum have found their mark in a gullible and guilt-prone public. There is a Medusa-like quality in the serpentine web of doomsday prophets, including members of the Club of Rome, Paul Ehrlich, and the current White House science advisor, John Holdren. Al Gore came to discover “Inconvenient Truths,” later found to be not so truthful.

It was also noted that: Tom Steyer, the most influential environmentalist in American politics, who has vowed to spend $100 million this year to defeat candidates who oppose policies to combat climate change…

I commented: We really really need to counter that [Tom Steyer's $]. Someone has to step up to that plate that has the talent and fund-raising ability to put together counter-campaigns of equivalent or greater strength. Despite all our efforts here, if someone like Steyer and others put huge $$$ into the bucket, we could lose the public opinion battle [on AGW]. And once targeted politicians lose elections, the remaining politicians could start dropping their skeptical positions and going with the herd. Step up.

anotherJoe on July 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

For a second opinion check with Carbonite.

jaydee_007 on July 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Ahhh spreading lice, germs and disease in coach class, at the very least. What else could possibly go wrong with this idea.

hawkeye54 on July 11, 2014 at 3:07 PM

THEY don’t have to prove that their Obamaphones are charged, do they? I mean, that would be RRRaaacccccciiiiisssstttttttt.

So is having to have an ID at an airport….or voting booth.

MistyLane on July 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

There is a difference between defending and condoning controversial but nevertheless free expression and policing it. That distinction seems lost on many, particularly those who derive no greater pleasure in life than from converging on a corporate political target and demanding the scalp of an employee any Tea Party/Conservative politician who ran afoul of social norms or standards of decorum demanded by liberals/progressives.


Amazing how you COMPLETELY missed the broader, parallel topic, Noah

From there, in far fewer words, I would have gone on to castigate the GOPe and the GOPe Donor Class for not only having engaged in this form of reprehensible cowardice for many years now but for now having INCORPORATED this despicable tactic into their “Win By Any Means” tactics used in the Mississippi race.

I would further note that if Eric Holder is such an ardent defender of minority voting rights, I would expect him to immediately launch an investigation into the possible suborning of minority voters to vote illegally in the June 28th Senate runoff after they had voted in the Democratic primary on June 3rd. The DoJ should also request a Federal judge to set aside the June 28th results and order another election to be held with far greater controls in place to insure no further “voting irregularities” occurred.

As a footnote at the end, I would use as an illustrative example, a brief synopsis of how this distortion of Constitutionally protected rights was now used to destroy the lives of private individuals by having them fired by their cowardly employers.

Of course, such a tack and such an article are not in YOU. They would seem boorish to your friends in the Mainstream Media, wouldn’t they?

PolAgnostic on July 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Has Burger King cancelled their Proud Whopper yet?

Terp Mole on July 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Cowardice is an all too common quality found in many parts of today’s society Noah. And it is continually underwritten by the same a cast of abhorrently conformist, small-minded, politically correct despots.

Imagine the irony that people who allegedly deal in diversity, allow none of it which does not comport with their limited, contra-factual definition. In most places that’s called cultural or ideological fascism. They see it as normal and something used to justify just about an intrusion on personal freedom.

Our strength as a nation is our diversity and culture. Yes, hard to believe that we do have a unique American culture. Time was, that people came here for that and the freedoms which bound us together as a single nation.

Now we should just descend into conformism, balkanization, give up our freedoms, rights and opinions because the cultural fascists say so.

Nonsense and we will fight the extremists at every turn, because that is what they are.

Marcus Traianus on July 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Count on Progressive Noah to tell us about those evil corporations.

faraway on July 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

THEY don’t have to prove that their Obamaphones are charged, do they? I mean, that would be RRRaaacccccciiiiisssstttttttt.

So is having to have an ID at an airport….or voting booth.

MistyLane on July 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

ID? They don’t need no stinkin’ ID……Obumbles told ‘em so.

Our nation, being destroyed fundamentally trasformed right before our eyes.

hawkeye54 on July 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

You can spot the Lefties in a Western, they’re the guys in the lynch mob.

formwiz on July 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Time to start holding progressives to the rules they made for everyone else.

Grunt on July 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Occupy’s Summers of Violence continues to pay off handsomely.

Steve Eggleston on July 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Has Burger King cancelled their Proud Whopper yet?

Terp Mole on July 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

That should be the name for that abortion supporter employee who attacked those pro-life demonstrators…..she sure seemed proud of whoppen’ them. Great PR for Burger King.

She could be its rep at all Pride events nationwide, drop kicking Proud Whoppers into the crowd.

hawkeye54 on July 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

I notice you didn’t include Brendan Ech in your list of victims of the “reptilian online mob”, Noah.

GWB on July 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Hi, I’m back. I knew full agreement with Mr. Rothman couldn’t last long.

I’m afraid, Noah, that you’ve mischaracterized the nature of Mr. Cumia’s tweets, focusing only on one small part to make an equivalence to the other cases.

In fact, he went on a disgusting, hate-filled rant against this person, tossing out such classy comments as calling her a “whore bitch piece of c*nt,” a “lying c*nt,” a “violent animal f*ck,” an “animal bitch,” a “c*ntrag bitch f*ck animal pig,” and then caps it off by saying “I hope she gets shot in her f*ck ass face” and “I hope she gets killed.”

If I had been in the position of SiriusXM, I would have fired him to, and to equate his firing with that of all of the innocent people who have been dragged through the mud by the liberal lynchmobs is disgusting.

Shump on July 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I always said that conservatives should saturate the discourse with racially and (homo)sexually charged jokes and puns so the liberal mob would literally run out of steam trying to chase multiple targets.

Rix on July 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

When mob behavior is rewarded, guess what happens?

OhioCoastie on July 11, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Corporations will stop doing this if they are repeatedly whipsawed by both left and right. There must be a right-wing mob that is just reptilian to create a balance of terror.

Esaus Message on July 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Corporations will stop doing this if they are repeatedly whipsawed by both left and right. There must be a right-wing mob that is just reptilian to create a balance of terror.

Esaus Message on July 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Doesn’t work that way. Right wing peopel are way too individualistic to pull off an organizing mobbing or a boycott. They also, at average, have singificantly less free time due to, you know, working.

Rix on July 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

When mob behavior is rewarded, guess what happens?

OhioCoastie on July 11, 2014 at 3:26 PM

I don’t know. Maybe you get to cross the border illegally and be treated with more rights than citizens? Fly without ID. Prowl the grounds of public schools as a 30-year old “high school kid”? Get free stuff at the expense of the middle-class?

MistyLane on July 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

I feel like the Chik-fil-A brouhaha a couple years ago was critical.

A corporation was attacked by progressives for the values held by its owner. Conservatives (and others who think you shouldn’t be punished for your beliefs) rallied around Chik-fil-a and had a wildly successful “buy-in.” From coast to coast, consumers poured in to affirm that a business shouldn’t be attacked for the politics of its owner.

Nevertheless, conservatives in the media seemed loathe to even mention it. They certainly didn’t support the buy-in. The GOP’s own candidate for President ran away from the issue, refusing to even discuss it.

I feel like that was the moment a broad coalition could have come together to stand against these terroristic tactics used by the Left against people for ideas they hold. Unfortunately, most high-profile conservatives, in the media and in politics, ran from the issue.

will77jeff on July 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I don’t know. Maybe you get to cross the border illegally and be treated with more rights than citizens? Fly without ID. Prowl the grounds of public schools as a 30-year old “high school kid”? Get free stuff at the expense of the middle-class?

Well, that kind of treatment is only for mobs with the right connections which are found useful to advance a particular political and social agenda.

hawkeye54 on July 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Corporations will stop doing this if they are repeatedly whipsawed by both left and right. There must be a right-wing mob that is just reptilian to create a balance of terror.

Esaus Message on July 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Yeah, it’s about time that the GOP unleashes the lizard-men. They’ve been cranking them out in a metal shop up in MN…similar to what Sauron had going on in LOTR.

HumpBot Salvation on July 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Athos on July 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

good example. I should have included that. Already went long though.

Noah Rothman on July 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

A polar bear, Perez Hilton and Al Sharpton walk into a bar…

MichaelGabriel on July 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Book burning, one word, phrase or activity at a time.

Resist We Much on July 11, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Leftists are Neo-Puritans.

CDeb on July 11, 2014 at 3:57 PM

A&E did NOT “ignore the mob,” they capitulated and unilaterally acted to suspend Phil Robertson – even though their PR people had arranged the Esquire interview and were present for the whole thing and said not a word then.

It was only when the rest of the Robertsons essentially said, “Okay, then, guess the show’s over, at least on A&E” that the network suddenly back-pedaled.

~

Remember concerning ratings that the hyped up finale of Breaking Bad drew just over 10 million viewers, the average Duck Dynasty episode draws more than that. Only The Walking Dead has a bigger audience on cable networks, and both TWD and DD outdo CBS comedy Two and a Half Men.

~

Bottom line: A&E needed DD more than the Robertsons needed them. I suspect Sirius will decide the same thing about Opie. Or was that Anthony?

Adjoran on July 11, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Book burning, one word, phrase or activity at a time.

Resist We Much on July 11, 2014 at 3:55 PM

That’s excellent.

Axe on July 11, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Their employees are only human; they make mistakes.

After that whole article and it’s sentiment, why are they mistakes?

WryTrvllr on July 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

I wonder how long it will take for links and blogs about:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/382483/adult-illegal-immigrants-posing-children-enroll-high-school-ryan-lovelace

Just wait until the male illegals declare transgender identity so they can freely waltz right into the girls restrooms.

Good times.

hawkeye54 on July 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Must read, but you should post it in an illegal immigration article.

slickwillie2001 on July 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I had never heard of Duck Dynasty before all the brouhaha. After A&E fired Robertson, my wife and I tuned in to watch some of the shows out of curiosity. Obviously, that family is very religious. I am not, but so what. We enjoyed the show and their family. We’re glad that A&E made the sensible decision to reverse their idiot decision.

grimble grumble on July 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM

If I had been in the position of SiriusXM, I would have fired him to, and to equate his firing with that of all of the innocent people who have been dragged through the mud by the liberal lynchmobs is disgusting. Shump on July 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

(Full disclosure: I interned for this radio program and XM Satellite Radio in late 2004-early 2005).

Well there you have it, the entire reason for this piece.

Akzed on July 11, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Didn’t Ann Coulter write a book about this? I seem to remember something about democracy being mob rule.

Well, they’ve been incorrectly calling the USA a democracy for so long it’s obvious people are believing it and acting accordingly.

“When in a democracy, take a poll and riot if you get over 50%.”

– ancient Chinese proverb

platypus on July 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The term originates from the Greek δημοκρατία (dēmokratía) “rule of the people”,[1] which was found from δῆμος (dêmos) “people” and κράτος (kratos) “power” or “rule”
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy

So yes, “democracy” is NOT the rule of law, it the rule of a mob.

oldleprechaun on July 11, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Well there you have it, the entire reason for this piece.

Akzed on July 11, 2014 at 4:40 PM

How does what I said and what you quoted from Noah relate? I’m confused.

Shump on July 11, 2014 at 5:15 PM

i respectfully disagree with you, Shump. I find everything Cumia said either hysterically funny or just plain accurate. He is now being persecuted by liberals who love to worship savages from gated communities.
Easy to be a Mercedes Marxist, not so easy to put your money where your mouth is.
How many Subaru Socialists live in the neighborhoods of Detroit? That’s not a trick question.

Cumia is really unaffected by this anyway. He will just get funnier and much more wealthy on his own.

Exninja on July 11, 2014 at 5:45 PM

It would appear that the mob only has the power that they are granted by the cowardly corporate entities who attempt to assuage them. Their employees are only human; they make mistakes. Would it really destroy a brand if these firms acknowledged that?

I dont believe corporations simply cave from cowardice. If a group of conservative Christians demanded a corporate entity stop sponsoring a program that included simulated sex, as I have seen on many channels, they would not cave.

Corporate entities cave in to that which they support and ignore complaints otherwise.

It is useful, however, to have a scapegoat when they get cornered going for the gold. It is also useful to have a flunky make the smaller decisions. Flunkies are like toilet paper, used to clean up
messes

entagor on July 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM

In Progressiveville, correct opinions are not optional; they’re mandatory.

RBMN on July 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Not “correct” but “conforming”. If progressives cared about factual correctness, they wouldn’t be progressives. The epistemological core of progressivism is fantastic narcissistic speculation, intentionally and irretrievably contrary to reality.

Ay Uaxe on July 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM

The phrase, “I’m offended” has become so prevalent that it should carry zero weight today. And the mob crowd, the perpetually unhappy, perpetually jealous, perpetually angry people need to be ignored.

When this perpetual victim mindset goes after leftist Dem politicos for as many stupid comments, they MAY get some credibility.

In the meantime, the corporations need to start taking a stand for themselves or it won’t matter – they’ll be gone and there will be only vapid passivity to fill the void. In turn, this will increase the anger, yada, yada, yada.

MN J on July 11, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Sacco? Where’s Vanzetti?

Oh, noes! How culturally insensitive (if not too obscure historical reference) that insults anarchists of Italian heritage.

Oh, well. Perhaps these things are not the outrage du jour in the 21st century.

locomotivebreath1901 on July 12, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Twitter is pretty stupid. Especially the twitter mob.
HumpBot Salvation on July 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

It is difficult to express a coherent thought in 140 characters, isn’t it. So much of Twitter is just lalalalalala …………I can’t hear you. Just a couple of days ago, a writer expressed the opinion that it was important only that you say something, not that what you said was either relevant or coherent. That pretty much explains Twitter.

yesiamapirate on July 13, 2014 at 10:03 AM