On Monday Google fired an engineer who wrote a now infamous memo against diversity that went viral within the company, was published by the press and has been the cause of non-stop talk ever since.
But the engineer, James Damore, needn’t worry about a job if he needs one.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has publicly offered to bring him on board:
Google: Any ideas on how we can decrease wages?
Engineer: The job is lonely & stressful. Maybe women don’t like it
Google: You’re fired
— Julian Assange ???? (@JulianAssange) August 8, 2017
As you might expect, Assange argued that the guy had a right to express an opinion, however unpopular.
However, Assange went even further and appeared to defend the ex-Google engineer’s controversial views by tweeting and linking to various bits of content that seem to be about scientists backing up the engineer’s claims. To recap: the engineer basically argued that many traits generally considered sexist stereotypes are in fact basic attributes baked into human biology. The engineer also equated his belief system with being a member of the political right.
Later, after the controversy began, the engineer revised his memo to say that the world is misrepresenting his ideas, “I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes,” he wrote, and said that he’s heard from a lot of Googlers that agreed with him but are afraid to say so for fear of getting fired. (Here’s the full copy of the memo.)
It’s also worth noting that Assange has a history with Google. In between his defence of the engineer on Tuesday, Assange also fired off a tweet that plugged his book which includes a chapter on Google. Assange believes that Google had a “special relationship” with Hillary Clinton.
The memo enrapt and enraged so many people inside Google and outside that Google CEO Sundar Pichai cut his family vacation short to come back and calm his employees down.
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