Apple employees demand investigation into ‘misogynistic’ new hire [updated]

A group of Apple employees has written a petition asking for an investigation into the hiring of Antonio García Martínez — a former Facebook product manager and author of the book Chaos Monkeys.

Chaos Monkeys

The petition begins, “We are deeply concerned about the recent hiring of Antonio García Martínez. His misogynistic statements in his autobiography — such as ‘Most women in the Bay Area are soft and weak, cosseted and naive despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit’ (further quoted below this letter) — directly oppose Apple’s commitment to Inclusion & Diversity.”

Zoe Schiffer, Casey Newton, and Elizabeth Lopatto for The Verge:

In the petition, the employees expressed concern about García Martínez’s views on women and people of color. His hiring “calls into question parts of our system of inclusion at Apple, including hiring panels, background checks, and our process to ensure our existing culture of inclusion is strong enough to withstand individuals who don’t share our inclusive values,” they write.

García Martínez, who has also written for Wired, was the product manager for Facebook’s ad targeting team from 2011 to 2013. Most of the things the Apple employees have expressed concern about come from Chaos Monkeys itself. (The book is dedicated to “all my enemies.”) The autobiography traces García Martínez going from Wall Street to Silicon Valley.

MacDailyNews Take: And, just like that, Antonio García Martínez became one of our favorite Apple employees (for as long as that lasts; given the aversion to even healthy conflict from Apple’s wet noodle “leadership,” the cancellation countdown begins now).

Real leadership would’ve already found out who instigated this “petition” and cleaned the house of them as their thought processes are warped and not conducive to greatness, just pettiness, jealousy, and spite. How did such “B” and “C” level thinkers ever get hired by Apple in the first place?

More than ever, the world – and Apple – needs contrarians.

Chaos Monkeys is a great read!

The most fun business book I have read this year? Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley, by a former Facebook executive, Antonio García Martinez. I was sent a galley copy several months ago and picked it up with no intention of reading more than the first couple of pages. I don’t think I looked up until about three hours later.

This is a tell-all of Mr. Martinez’s experience in venture capital and later at Facebook, filled with insights about Silicon Valley — what he calls “the tech whorehouse” — mixed with score-settling anecdotes that will occasionally make you laugh out loud. Clearly there will be people who hate this book — which is probably one of the things that makes it such a great read.

The dedication page includes this gem: “To all my enemies: I could not have done it without you.” Mr. Martinez is particularly incisive when it comes to illustrating how failed ideas that happen to work are often spun into great successes: “What was an improbable bonanza at the hands of the flailing half-blind becomes the inevitable coup of the assured visionary,” he writes. “The world crowns you a genius, and you start acting like one.” — Andrew Ross Sorkin, The New York Times, Independence Day, July 4, 2016

UPDATE: 8:48am EDT: Apple said Antonio García Martínez is no longer with the company. “At Apple, we have always strived to create an inclusive, welcoming workplace where everyone is respected and accepted. Behavior that demeans or discriminates against people for who they are has no place here,” the company said in a statement.

So, now, as anticipated, the wet noodle’s cancellation countdown has concluded, and Apple loses the rare employee capable of writing a NY Times bestselling book, but retains a handful of yentas who think a book written half a decade ago about different companies is about them, alongside some 2,000 others who are dumb enough to sign it.

Here’s the funny thing, the book was about them.

Now Apple’s cloistered petitioners can continue to pump out mediocrity without their panties bunched.

72 Comments

  1. Timmy had a thought to control female employees for whatever reason and the instruction was written in a famous book by a man who was about to be hired. When he was, almost immediately California women in Apple, as if they already were expecting it, rose up for the same reason Timmy concocted. Women knew what’s coming but they wanted the hiring be “investigated”. They did not go so far as to demand Antonio be fired. Then Timmy flip-flopped so fast (as usual) and fired the poor guy. No vetting or due diligence before hiring? Did he not see this coming…and so fast? Everything happened so fast. Something must have been smouldering in rotten fruit for a long time. We do not hear anything from any other brasses these days. Just eerie silence….
    What a farce!

  2. Just wanted to thank TxUser, for being a lone voice of reason in a sea of angry MAGA snowflakes.

    I’ve all but given up on this site for all the right-wing bluster, but it’s nice to know someone has the time and energy to counteract the narrative…

    1. What I really appreciate is that while I may not agree with him he doesn’t resort to vitriolic personal attacks and slander. That must really really irk MDN, I mean they have such a thin skin bias that they let all these personal derogatory remarks go on and on and on, oh but making a factual comment about their country results in the moderator edit.

      Fortunately it doesn’t matter, the COVID-19 pandemic deaths have very clearly illustrated which countries are on top of the game and which country are on top of the deaths. For that latter category there is no denying that Apple’s home nation is the greatest country ever.

      So by all means keep up the divided and falling vitriol. Great work MDN, I salute your patriotism.

    1. Personally I think it is emotional pain after the second 911 twin tower disaster. Something snapped with the country’s psyche then and it’s been discombobulating fallen empire style ever since. The pandemic adds a definite indication to the situation. Want to spread a virus? Hold a lot of protests. It may very well be that this is part of the nation’s growing pains as it reaches a level of maturity and understanding. I sure hope so, I remember something about a dream, owning your own home, raising a family. It would be nice to see getting along with your neighbour part of that dream.

  3. MDN – Who the hell to you think you are?!?!?!?
    Allowing vile hateful posts here for years because it increases your clicks, but then you censor someone when they disagree with you!
    How dare you.
    If you can’t take it, don’t dish it out.

    1. My apology. My first comment was not showing up in Safari. I wrongly accused you of censoring my comment. I then found it when opening the story on a different browser.
      You left my first comment in, for that, thank you.
      P.S. You REALLY need an edit option like Facebook, and others, have.

  4. Mega-hypocrite Tim Cook has no problem with the uber-mysogyinstic Dr. Dre because his Beats headphones make money for Apple.
    Dr. Dre authored “Bitches Ain’t Shit” and “Lyrical Gangbang” but that’s cool with Tim because of the money.
    As one of Dr. Dre’s victims wrote, “Here’s What’s Missing from Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dre Beat Up.”

    FIRE TIM COOK NOW!!!

  5. It’s official. This country is now a bunch of whiny woke pussies. No offense to pussy. Those fucking losers cannot cancel history, as much as they would like to. America is fast becoming the nation of frauds. Pitiful.

    1. Again, we have a textbook example of someone who uses a gendered insult and doesn’t even realize it. Calling somebody a “pussy” isn’t an insult unless the possession of female genitalia makes a person inferior. It’s like calling a man who gets emotional and overexcited “hysterical,” which literally accuses him of having a uterus. The term was invented to explain why women aren’t stable enough to be given any serious responsibilities unrelated to procreation and childcare.

      One hopes that America is finally becoming a nation of men and women who are offered the same human dignity. This episode at Apple and the reaction to it here suggests that some men aren’t waking up as fast as one might hope.

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