Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Mozilla Co-Founder Brendan Eich Resigns as CEO

Brendan Eich, earlier this week, in an interview with the Guardian with the headline “Mozilla CEO Insists He Won’t Resign Over ‘Private’ Opposition to Prop 8”:

Giving interviews for the first time since he was announced as the new boss of Mozilla on 24 March, Brendan Eich repeatedly refused to be drawn on his stance on gay rights amid a widespread row over his $1,000 donation in support of the successful Proposition 8 ballot measure.

“So I don’t want to talk about my personal beliefs because I kept them out of Mozilla all these 15 years we’ve been going,” he told the Guardian. “I don’t believe they’re relevant.”

Kara Swisher reports today:

Brendan Eich, the well-known techie who has gotten swept up in a controversy about his support of California’s anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8, is resigning as CEO of for-profit Mozilla Corporation and also from the board of the nonprofit foundation which wholly owns it.

There’s been some chatter lately about the apparent hypocrisy of those who encourage inclusiveness not being inclusive when people like Eich express their views. It’s not hypocritical; there’s simply no reason to be inclusive of institutionalized discrimination. Eich was a poor choice to lead a company that so proudly proclaims its openness and inclusiveness.