A commenter on Twitter recently observed that liberals don’t necessarily hate Elon Musk, the world’s richest man.
Instead, what they hate more, is that conservatives like him – especially for things like standing for free speech and acknowledging that he, as an admitted lifelong Democratic voter, is going with the GOP this fall.
Well, Musk just gave liberals another reason to hate the conservatives who like him.
Recent media reports noted that SpaceX fired five of its employees after they circulated a petition demanding that the company – which Musk founded, built, and still operates – go more woke.
On Friday, The Verge reported that in less than two days after it was written, 400 SpaceX employees had endorsed a letter that denounced Musk for his public actions. The letter was sent to 2,600 workers.
“Elon’s behavior in the public sphere is a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks,” the letter said, according to The Verge.
“As our CEO and most prominent spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX — every Tweet that Elon sends is a de facto public statement by the company. It is critical to make clear to our teams and to our potential talent pool that his messaging does not reflect our work, our mission, or our values.”
The letter added that SpaceX must “publicly address and condemn Elon’s harmful Twitter behavior.”
The letter also took a shot at how he runs the company.
“For all our technical achievements, SpaceX fails to apply these [same innovative] principles to the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion with equal priority across the company, resulting in a workplace culture that remains firmly rooted in the status quo,” it continued.
“Individuals and groups of employees at SpaceX have spent significant effort beyond their technical scope to make the company a more inclusive space via conference recruiting, open forums, feedback to leadership, outreach, and more. However, we feel an unequal burden to carry this effort as the company has not applied appropriate urgency and resources to the problem in a manner consistent with our approach to critical path technical projects.”
“To be clear: recent events are not isolated incidents; they are emblematic of a wider culture that underserves many of the people who enable SpaceX’s extraordinary accomplishments.”
The letter concludes in part, “SpaceX must establish safe avenues for reporting and uphold clear repercussions for all unacceptable behavior, whether from the CEO or an employee starting their first day.”
“We care deeply about SpaceX’s mission to make humanity multiplanetary. But more importantly, we care about each other. The collaboration we need to make life multiplanetary is incompatible with a culture that treats employees as consumable resources. … Is the culture we are fostering now the one which we aim to bring to Mars and beyond?”
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Apparently, the authors won’t get that chance.
PJ Media quoted an email from SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell, who announced the firing of the wokesters.
“We have 3 launches within 37 hours for critical satellites this weekend, we have to support the astronauts we delivered to the ISS and get cargo Dragon back to the flight-ready, and after receiving environmental approval early this week, we are on the cusp of the first orbital launch attempt of Starship. We have too much critical work to accomplish and no need for this kind of overreaching activism,” she wrote.
“The letter, solicitations, and general process made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied, and/or angry because the letter pressured them to sign onto something that did not reflect their views. Employees also complained that it interfered with their ability to focus on and do their work,” Shotwell added.
“Blanketing thousands of people across the company with repeated unsolicited emails and asking them to sign letters and fill out unsponsored surveys during the work day is not acceptable, goes against our documented handbook policy, and does not show the strong judgment needed to work in this very challenging space transportation sector,” Shotwell concluded.
“We performed an investigation and have terminated a number of employees involved. I am sorry for this distraction. Please stay focused on the SpaceX mission, and use your time at work to do your best work. This is how we will get to Mars.”
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