Overprivileged, sheltered white people with money, power and Twitter can be a dangerous combination, especially if they have warped senses of humor, racist, sexist attitudes and a sick sense of freedom of speech. We all know white folks love to claim how they’re exercising their right to be verbal assholes. Yet, they speciously think that right is reserved for exclusively for them, and they have autonomy from any realistic reactions, including being cursed out.
This year has saw two such examples of what happens when you use social media to speak your junk pile of a mind while you’re in a high position at a large company. People saw it, responded to it and in no time, they suffered the consequence of termination.
The first example is a recent one. It involves a Tweet from the communications director of the large media company InterActive Corp Justine Sacco. Before boarding a plane to Cape Town, South Africa, she tweeted:
Twitter blew up over this offensive tweet. #HasJustineLandedYet was trending heavily. Sacco was in hot water. She not only deleted her tweet, she deleted her whole account. But it was too late. Her ass was fired.
Sacco issued an apology for her “needless and careless” tweet. Still, the damage was done. And don’t expect a lot of people to comfort her, at least those who can see past her white woman tears.
The second example may be a lot worse than Sacco. The next piece of shit is racist, sexist, homophobic, misogynistic and classist. And they may be his best qualities.
Meet Pax Dickinson. (His last name is appropriate as you come to realize.) He was once a chief technology officer at Business Insider, and has been for a while. Yet, while gaining access to the internet and having a Twitter account has allowed this fool to gleefully exposed his Archie Bunker maturity in 140 characters or less.
Needless to say, Dickinson’s ass was fired as well, but when a fellow employee tweeted a response to his account, he made fired back with a threat.
What have I learned from these two examples alone?
1. What you put out on the internet will remain even if you delete it.
2. Being in a high position doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re a genius or a mature adult.
3. The many isms and phobias society has is not just personal, but can exist in from dimwitted executives which can trickle down to employees and average people.