On the internet, what you say can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion. This is a lesson that Pax Dickinson of Business Insider pretty much learned the hard way after making a bunch of homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic and rasist comments on his Twitter account.
What Dickinson wrote is rather vile. Among the examples that have surfaced include “In The Passion Of The Christ 2, Jesus gets raped by a pack of niggers. It’s his own fault for dressing like a whore though”; “aw, you can’t feed your family on minimum wage? well who told you to start a fucking family when your skills are only worth minimum wage?”; “feminism in tech remains the champion topic for my block list. my finger is getting tired”.
He posted this pick which seems related to the tweet “Aviators: on. Collar: popped. Smirk: engaged. A brogrammer at home in its native habitat.”
Dickinson decided to show off his transphobia by tweeting “so he’s a woman, but he still has Y chromosomes? now who doesn’t understand how biology works?”, and homophobia by tweeting “at least if we end up getting into a nuclear standoff with Russia over gay rights we’ll know this universe is just a satirical simulation,” and “IMO if gay activists protest the Olympics in Russia it’s going to get VERY ugly. They think its just a game but Putin knows the real stakes.”
And he also tweeted “Who has more dedication, ambition, and drive? Kobe only raped one girl, Lebron raped an entire city. +1 for Lebron.”
Anil Dash, apparently a fellow Business Insider employee, tweeted about all of this saying “Wow, didn’t realize @businessinsider had hired such an asshole in @paxdickinson. Getting memcache to build made him an expert on misogyny!” Dickinson then replied “@anildash really, dude? You know we work in the same building right? Would you like to come call me an asshole to my face tomorrow?”
Henry Blodget, the CEO of Business Insider, released a statement addressing Dickinson’s behavior saying “A Business Insider executive has made some comments on Twitter that do not reflect our values and have no place at our company. The executive has left the company, effective immediately.”
He went on to say “Business Insider’s team is composed of more than 100 talented men and women of many backgrounds, and we highly value this diversity.”
Well, if nothing else, Dickinson can get a job working for the Tea Party.