OkCupid attack Mozilla over gay rights

1 April 2014

For a period, internet hippies were all about Mozilla's Firefox open source browser. It was the vegetarian of the internet, proudly not as nasty as the other horrible browsers. Then, it stopped working as well when Google stopped playing nice and it became something of an also-ran.

And with a further nail in its coffin, OkCupid are pointing at it and shouting 'homophobe'. Users accessing the dating site found a small interruption as OkCupid took the gloves off and said: "Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience."

"Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid."

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Big talk.

Websites aren't known for being overtly political like this and of course, there's a lot of CEOs in the world with unsavoury views and a lot of things worse than a browser run by a git.

OkCupid continued: "You might wonder why we're asserting ourselves today. This is why: we've devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we've worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it's professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure."

"If you want to keep using Firefox, the link at the bottom will take you through to the site. However, we urge you to consider different software for accessing OkCupid."

You see, Eich - the new CEO of Mozilla - was a big supporter of California's Prop 8 which was brought into place by those who opposed same-sex marriages (more here, if you're interested). And while this is something of a publicity stunt from OkCupid, it is nice to see a large company saying absolutely anything that isn't completely anodyne for once.

2 comments

  • Euan
    And then they give three links for other browsers - Chrome, Internet Exploder, and Opera. Oh so witty.
  • Mark W.
    So, er, does 'free speech' trump freedom of opinion?

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