Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Wow. Dude lost his job because of that crazy tweet...UPDATED!

Editor's note:  Hey guys let me be clear (as if I wasn't clear enough in the article).  I am not saying that I shed one tear for this guy.  I'm not saying that this isn't perfect karma.  I'm not saying that he was wronged.  What I am trying to do is to take a wider look at the implications here.  This guy made an idiotic tweet.  My thinking is that he thought he was only talking to friends and others that shared his point of view.  The tweet got into the wild and one broadcasted "oh shit" moment has turned into a life altering event (oh shit moments have a tendency to do that).  The question in my mind is if a private corporation has the right to fire someone over thoughts/views that although offensive are still protected even if they're broadcast to the world on your private it right/in keeping with workers rights.  If they do have that right (and many of you seem to think they do) then what is the line that they can't cross?  If they provide healthcare can they keep you from drinking alcohol?  It affects the bottom line and is a factor in performance, even if you drink only on the weekends.  What about fat bodies?  Can they demand fat people lose weight for professional looks, and health reasons?  I was trying to present this from a bird's eye level and hoped that the discussion would look at the bigger picture.

Remember this disgusting tweet that I blogged about earlier?  Well the company that he works for "Liberty Advisors Group" issued a statement.  Check it out below.
Last night during President Trump’s speech, a Liberty Advisor Group employee sent out an offensive and inappropriate tweet regarding the Gold Star family that was being rightly honored before Congress and the Nation. The personal views of this individual do not represent Liberty and we vigorously disavow them. Although the message and subsequent apologies were sent from an individual’s personal account, and bore no connection to his work with Liberty, his comments were inconsistent with the Company’s values and the unyielding respect it has for the members of our Nation’s Armed Forces.  Regardless of whether the comments in the tweet were intended to cause the hurt and anger that they ultimately generated, they were unacceptable to us, and the individual who issued the tweet is no longer affiliated with Liberty. Liberty’s culture places a high value on the men and women of America's military who fight to defend us and our families. We honor them. We want to express our sincere condolences to Mrs. Owens.  We also apologize to all those who have served this nation, including those Liberty employees who have themselves served, and anyone else who was offended by these comments. 
How hot are things over at Liberty?  Well it took me about 30 seconds for the website to open.  I imagine the traffic load is pretty damn heavy.

This does bring up a few interesting questions though.  I'm sure this guy will be ok, after all he's a former Hillary staffer.  They'll find him a cushy position somewhere in the Democrat party and when the heat dies down he'll worm his way back into corporate America (I wish to God I had recorded all the talking heads on MSNBC that practically said the same last would be good to thin the herd over at that joint).

But think about this.  What if it was a normal guy or gal?  How far can corporations go to "inspect" your Twitter account to make sure it sings the company line?  At what point can unpleasant speech or even contrary opinions go before they cross a line where a corporation can legally separate an individual over them?  Is this the brave new world we live in or a one off?

I'm not sure.

Don't get me wrong.  I shed no tears for this bastard but it is an eye opening situation.  Free speech...even if its speech we/I disagree with is still freely expressed.  But it does have a price if you're unaware of the invisible line that corporate America has laid out.

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