The following is a transcript of my radar on Thursday’s edition of “Rising” on Hill TV.
About a month ago, Apple booted Antonio Garcia Martinez, author of “Chaos Monkeys,” after a group of employees circulated a letter claiming to be “profoundly distraught” by his hiring. They ripped a few passages from the book out of context to cast him as a misogynist that threatened the company’s “culture of inclusion.”
This is obviously a laughable complaint to type from behind your Macbook, nestled into a tiny Silicon Valley office, when the salary that pays for your Seamless orders is literally built on the backs of forced laborers in China. It makes for an odd definition of inclusion.
On his Substack, Matt Taibbi raised a devastating point.
“I’m a fan of Dr. Dre’s music and have been since the N.W.A. days. It’s not any of my business if he wants to make $3 billion selling Beats by Dre to Apple, earning himself a place on the board in the process,” Taibbi wrote in May. “But if 2,000 Apple employees are going to insist that they feel literally unsafe working alongside a man who wrote a love letter to a woman who towers over him in heels, I’d like to hear their take on serving under, and massively profiting from a partnership with, the author of such classics as “Bitches Ain’t Sh-t” and “Lyrical Gangbang,” who is also the subject of such articles as “Here’s What’s Missing from Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dre Beat Up.”
He added, “It’s easy to get someone like Antonio Garcia Martinez fired. Going after a board member who’s reportedly sitting on hundreds of millions in Apple stock is a different matter. A letter making such a demand is likely to be returned to sender, and the writer of it will likely spend every evaluation period looking over his or her shoulder. Why? Because going after Dre would mean forcing the company to denounce one of its more profitable investments.”
Where are the urgent, internal letters of concern about Apple suppliers apparently relying on
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