The Emperor's New Clothes Revisited

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Teresa Tomeo on Apr 09, 2014
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Emperors New Clothes CropDo you remember Hans Christian Anderson children’s story The Emperor’s New Clothes? It’s the tale of two weavers who promise an emperor a brand new supposedly stunning get-up visible only to those who are sophisticated enough and smart enough to see them. In other words they were pulling one over on the big guy. He was too prideful and embarrassed to admit that they eventually took his money and headed for the hills leaving him with literally nothing to show for their time and his gold; not even a half way decent pair of Fruit of the Looms. As the emperor is parading his new clothes before the townspeople, everyone is gushing and telling the emperor how dashing he looks. Suddenly a child snaps the foolish folks back to reality when he points out rather loudly that the emperor is quite frankly stark naked!

Given what happened with Mozilla/Firefox recently I think someone should send those folks a few copies of this story to pass around. Did you happen to catch the statement from the company following the resignation or should we say forced exit of Brendan Eich? Eich, the former CEO stepped down after a firestorm of controversy for his private donation to California’s Proposition 8 a few years ago; a measure banning same sex marriage in the state that was approved several times by voters before being tossed out by a judge. Based on the ludicrous wording, Mozilla/Firefox actually believes they are among the most tolerant and welcoming firms on planet earth. They saw themselves as intolerant by hiring and promoting Eich in the first place. But now they have seen the light and have become a bastion of fairness and decency.

Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard. Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.”

Brendan Eich was not only forced to resign but he was practically dragged into the streets and stoned. Eliminating the views of those who disagree with you is equated with “equality for all” and still the emperors at Mozilla parade themselves before the world in what they believe is Gucci and Prada. Actually they’re adorned in nothing more than cheap birthday suits revealing their true colors. As I see it, this is not only a modern day version of The Emperor’s New Clothes, it’s as if we are all part of Alice in Wonderland as well and have finally stepped through that looking glass. Lord help us.

The Emperor's New Clothes by Edmund Dulac - Courtesy WikiPaintings.