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Twitter drags former Google employee for comparing being conservative to being gay in the 50s

Twitter drags former Google employee for comparing being conservative to being gay in the 50s

James Damore says being conservative is like being gay in the 1950s

James Damore, the man fired from Google after releasing a sexist memo, made more alarming comments in a new interview when he compared being conservative today to being gay in the 1950s.

Business Insider interviewed Damore about the memo and Google’s culture problem.

When asked about his former female Google colleagues feeling attacked by his memo, Damore defended himself. He said ‘no one should feel attacked’ and he was ‘simply trying to fix the culture’.

He then further said: ‘And really help a lot of people who are currently marginalized at Google by pointing out these huge biases that we have in this monolithic culture where anyone with a dissenting view can’t even express themselves. Really, it’s like being gay in the 1950s. These conservatives have to stay in the closet and have to mask who they really are. And that’s a huge problem because there’s open discrimination against anyone who comes out of closet as a conservative.’

The inept comparison is especially offensive because of what LGBTI people went through in the United States in 1950s.

During that time, the lavender scare reached its peak. This event, often compared to the red scare, saw the witch hunt and mass firings of LGBTI citizens. The terminology came from ‘lavender lads’, a synonym for gay men used by Senator Everett Dirksen.

After Frank Kameny was fired as an astronomer for the United States Army at this time, he could never find a job in the federal government again. He then devoted his life to the gay rights movement.

Twitter has no time for this conservative comparison

Unsurprisingly, Twitter was quickly on hand to slam Damore for his comments and teach him a history lesson.

At least we can always rely on Twitter during these dark times.