Firefox CEO Responds To Antigay Past, Impresses Nobody

brendan-eichIt was kind of a big deal when Mozilla, maker of Firefox, named Brendan Eich its new CEO this week.

Eich may have the technical chops for the job — he did invent JavaScript and help form Mozilla after all — but being a CEO means more than just being an expert in your field.

CEOs have a responsibility to their employees to lead by example and exemplify company values, and that $1,000 check Eich cut to support California’s Prop 8 back in 2008 doesn’t bode well.

And it looks even worse that his support of the anti-gay proposition is old news — the LA Times reported it in 2012. But that didn’t stop the Mozilla Foundation from appointing Eich as their leader.

Now the new top exec has put out a statement on his blog about corporate inclusiveness, professing his commitment to things like:

“Working with LGBT communities and allies, to listen and learn what does and doesn’t make Mozilla supportive and welcoming.”

Right now that’s you, Brendan.


“…ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion.”

Someone’s been reading the HR handbook.

He also makes a big point of offering “inclusive health benefit practices,” which is great but not necessary if a couple in question is, oh, say married.

And if he had it his way, the gay ones wouldn’t be.

Nowhere in the post (you can read the whole thing here) does he make explicit mention of his donation or express any change in his position that gays shouldn’t be able to get married, so it’s safe to assume his opinions haven’t shifted.

It reads like it’s been sifted over by lawyers so as not to misstep, and frankly makes me glad I ditched Firefox years ago for Chrome.

We suggest you do the same.