App developer Rarebit ignited the conversation by announcing that it pulled its apps from the Firefox Marketplace. In a statement, Rarebit CEO Hampton Catlin recalled the story of his own gay marriage experience in California, which allowed him to marry Rarebit co-founder Michael Catlin. Catlin called Eich out for both his Prop 8 donation and his choice not to apologize.
“We morally cannot support a foundation that would not only leave someone with hateful views in power but will give them a promotion and put them in charge of the entire organization,” he wrote.
That was Tuesday. On Thursday, a half-dozen or so Mozilla employees, including some leads, tweeted that Eich should resign. Yesterday, the WSJ reported that three Mozilla board members quit over the hire, though it’s not clear that Eich’s Prop 8 donation was the reason.
This is kind of an interesting contrast to the #CancelColbert fauxrage. In the case of the Colbert incident, people are trying to take away his livelihood because of an out-of-context tweet about a misunderstood joke. In Eich’s case, they’re trying to take away his job because of his material support for a campaign to deny a group of Americans their civil rights. These aren’t the same thing, even though Malkin and dozens like her make a good living convincing the 27 percenters that they are.