Ads critical of Google’s decision to fire an engineer over a diversity memo are appearing all over Venice near the company’s office.
One of the unofficial advertisements shows the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs with the accompanying phrase “Think different.” Right underneath that image is a picture of Google CEO Sundar Pichai saying “not so much.”
Someone is in Venice is not happy about Google’s firing of that memo guy. These are all over Santa Monica and Venice. pic.twitter.com/gHU6ihfMWl
— Alex Rubalcava (@AlexRubalcava) August 11, 2017
Another one uses the same tagline “Think Different,” but instead of the two tech leaders, there are just the logos of the two respective companies. “Get Hired” is featured next to Apple’s insignia, while “Get Fired” is positioned next to Google’s.
Both forms of conspicuous critique have apparently been spotted at bus stops and on park benches.
Alex Rubalcava, a seed startup investor according to his Twitter bio, said there were even more advertisements, but he didn’t have time to take pictures of them all.
The public displays of condemnation transpired just days after Google fired an employee who wrote a lengthy memo blasting the company’s ostensible focus on diversity.
Damore suggested the company “stop alienating conservatives,” “stop restricting programs and classes to certain genders or race,” “confront Google’s biases,” and “be open about the science of human nature,” among other recommendations.
In his own missive sent out to employees Tuesday following the firing, Pichai said that “people must feel free to express dissent,” but that portions of Damore’s written lecture crossed the line “by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.” Pichai had to cancel a Thursday meetingthat was set to discuss diversity and the firing of Damore due to safety concerns.
The whole ordeal has apparently caused a schism within the company, as 56 percent of 441 surveyed employees opposed their company’s decision to fire Damore, according to an informal poll. The advertisements in a way act as a manifestation of such backlash.
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