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Ex-CNN Employee Claims He Was Fired For Being Gay, Wearing “Flamboyant” Outfits

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By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           May 23, 2014
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    • Qjersey
      Qjersey

      It’s always one *sshole supervisor that the company fails to keep in line. He’s gonna win.

      May 23, 2014 at 11:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ben Dover
      Ben Dover

      The article says he’s married to a Mexican, but judging from the picture, he may have been fired for making fun of Mexicans. (And/or making fun of gay people too?) Not everyone in the workplace has a sense of humor about such things.

      Is this why CNN is so screwed up – they’re the Dunder-Mifflin of cable TV, they party all the time and don’t get any work done?

      May 23, 2014 at 11:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matthew Tharrett
      Matthew Tharrett · Queerty Editor

      @Ben Dover: I’m not sure he was “making fun of Mexicans,” gay people, or anyone for that matter.

      Every source seems to indicate that the mariachi outfits in question were worn as a cultural homage, and no source suggests that they were racially motivated in any way. Keep in mind that he wore these to work on occasion for more than ten years, and they were embraced by virtually everyone on staff.

      It sounds to me like Kane is someone who’s always been interested in Mexican culture (and there’s no reason to believe he isn’t Mexican himself — I wasn’t able to determine his ethnicity based on reports.) I’d have to imagine that if he wound up being fired for wearing “racist” outfits, it wouldn’t have taken 11 years to do.

      Plus, his neon-colored track suits seem to be the outfit named most frequently in the suit. I think the bright “flamboyant” colors are the main issue here, not the origin of the outfit.

      It’s also worth noting that CNN’s only comment on the suit is that they haven’t even seen it yet, which I stated at the end of the article. This could just be the case of a bitter ex-employee grasping at straws, but I wouldn’t jump to conclusions this early.

      May 23, 2014 at 12:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sportyguy1983
      sportyguy1983

      I smell horse sh1t on this lawsuit.

      May 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alan down in Florida
      Alan down in Florida

      I would fire supervisor John Silva immediately. He worked with Mr. Kane and his extravagant wardrobe for an unmentioned period of time and only just recently learned that Mr. Kane was gay. Clearly not the sharpest tool in the microphone department of CNN’s tool case.

      May 23, 2014 at 5:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cflekken
      cflekken

      @sportyguy1983: do a better job of wiping?

      May 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cflekken
      cflekken

      As much as I feel today’s society is sue-happy one, this one, at least as it’s written here, sounds legit. HOWEVER, in another article it states that when Kane reported his issues to HR, they cited him for “nitpicky violations”. So, maybe there are legitimate reasons for his firing that haven’t been disclosed yet.

      May 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ben Dover
      Ben Dover

      @cflekken: Perhaps his new employers at CHIPOTLE have an even more relaxed dress code? :)

      May 24, 2014 at 5:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • unclemike
      unclemike

      Just because I’m married to a Chinese man doesn’t mean I’d show up to work in a rice paddy hat and long ponytail.

      May 25, 2014 at 9:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BJ McFrisky
      BJ McFrisky

      It’s called a dress code. If you cannot abide, they’ll fire your hide.

      Also: Why isn’t the Left furious at this guy for his blatant appropriation of Mexican culture?

      May 25, 2014 at 11:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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