Playhaven fired a developer after he allegedly made sexual jokes in the audience during a keynote session at PyCon, a conference for Python developers. Now Adria Richards, a developer evangelist for SendGrid, is getting rape and death threats via Twitter.
Here's the tweet and picture that set things in motion:
The PyCon conference organizers saw the tweet and escorted the two guys in question out of the room. Later, they were fired. Then the internet went apesh*t. SendGrid found itself on the receiving end of a DDOS attack. People dragged out some unrelated tweets by Adria Richards, including one from 2009 with her views on racism and one from a few days ago joking with an acquaintence who had joked about being groped by the TSA, offering these tweets up as evidence that she was a psycho crazy bitch deserving of scorn, ridicule and hatred.
Then today, this happened.
Effective immediately, SendGrid has terminated the employment of Adria Richards. While we generally are sensitive and confidential with respect to employee matters, the situation has taken on a public nature. We have taken action that we believe is in the overall best interests of SendGrid, its employees, and our customers. As we continue to process the vast amount of information, we will post something more comprehensive.
And then all the angry internet boys cheered.
Here's what I wrote on Reddit about all this (which, unsurprisingly, got a slew of downvotes):
This is in no way justice.
Everyone in this story was a douche. The guys were douches for making inappropriate comments at a professional conference. The woman was a douche for complaining on twitter with a picture. Both companies were douches for firing their employees over an issue that would have disappeared in less than a week.
The only people that weren't douches were the conference organizers of PyCon, for having a reasonable harassment policy and for following through on it proactively when they saw a complaint. I'm can't judge whether the complaint was valid or not - this whole thing is he said/she said - but it was good of the organizers to stick up for their own policies and to respect their attendees.
If it had just ended there, with the guys being escorted out of the room and informed that someone had been offended by their jokes, everybody in this story would be a lot better off. Adria Richards would have felt okay because her complaint was heard, the guys would be okay because they would have realized maybe they were talking a little too much during the presentation, and they'd know who not to sit near in the future. And the companies would be okay and nobody would be dealing with a DDOS right now.
What a sad, stupid story this all is.