OkCupid users who use the Mozilla Firefox web browser had an interesting surprise today when they tried to visit the OkCupid.com website. Instead of going to their main dashboard in the site, they were instead re-directed to a message stating the following:
Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience.
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.
Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there’s a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we’re asserting ourselves today. This is why: we’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. 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.
If you want to keep using Firefox, the link at the bottom will take you through to the site.
However, we urge you to consider different software for accessing OkCupid.
So basically the new CEO of Mozilla donated $1,000 to the proposition 8 cause, an anti-gay marriage initiative, in California during the previous election cycle. Based on this information, OkCupid has decided that they will denounce the entire Mozilla organization which has previously stated that they support same sex equality and marriage.
Mozilla has publicly stated the following:
Mozilla supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples. 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.
Now I’m all for gay marriage but part of me can’t help but feel like this “protest” by OkCupid isn’t much more than a publicity stunt than it is a genuine act against anti-gay advocates. After all, the story has quickly spread throughout the media and has enticed some heated conversation on the topic. Yet the target of this act of “protest” seems a bit trivial in my opinion.
What I would like to know is if they would also block people from states whose governors or congressmen are against gay marriage. If Rick Perry is the head representative of Texas, then by OkCupid’s logic, shouldn’t they block anyone coming to their site with an IP address from Texas?
Not to say that I’m taking sides here, but I do find this to be quite interesting. I’m all for people and businesses protesting and boycotting for a cause – no doubt it is admirable. However, I do question whether this particular tactic by OkCupid will be effective and whether or not it is punishing the wrong people. Is it fair to punish an entire organization like Mozilla for the sole belief of one person within that organization?
I’d love to hear what other peoples thoughts on OkCupid’s blocking of Firefox as a means of protest in the comments section below.