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OkCupid not OK with Mozilla Firefox, urges boycott over LGBT stance

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:09pm
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Maybe you checked your OkCupid account in the last day or so, but you didn"t see your regularly scheduled display of hotties, visitors and quickmatches. Instead you saw the stern warning pictured above, making you wonder if your OkCupid had been hacked. No, your OkCupid had not been hacked. But the folks in charge of OkCupid have decided to launch a company boycott of the Mozilla Firefox web browser, and they"re urging their online daters, cruisers and creepers to join them in doing the same.

OkCupid posted a message to all users logging in with Mozilla Firefox. "Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid service," the message read, "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."

And so begins the OkCupid boycott of the Mozilla Firefox browser, the first case I can recall of a website urging their users to not employ a certain web browser for political reasons. The political reason here is that newly named Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich had made a $1,000 donation to Prop. 8, the California ban on same-sex marriage, back in 2008.

"Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid," the OkCupid alert continues. "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."

Publicly wishing a company "nothing but failure"? That"s harsh!

The message concludes with OkCupid urging their users to switch exclusively to Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera or Safari for their web browsing.

You know things are getting strange when someone recommends you use Internet Explorer, and you actually consider doing it. Plus, there is a little tiny joke built into that message. If you look carefully at the OkCupid post, you will see they referred to that browser as "Internet Exploder." Get it?

Mozilla, for their part, has responded. "Mozilla supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples," the Mozilla Foundation said in a statement to The Verge. "No matter who you are or who you love, everyone deserves the same rights and to be treated equally. OkCupid never reached out to us to let us know of their intentions, nor to confirm facts."

The ban on same-sex marriage that Brendan Eich supported has since been shot down by the California Supreme Court. And $1,000 is really not that big a donation. But this skeleton in the new Mozilla CEO"s closet has returned with a vengeance, and may undermine his future with the company. If ambitious tech executives have a history of controversial political donations, they may have trouble finding themselves a match.

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