I still can't believe you let him call you "brah". Twice.
And kudos to the P-I for including a blurb on Ken AND the follow-up.
Aw, I sooo needed to hear that.
The FY07 shareholders meeting transcript link isn't working yet, but the webcast is -
"Just another sad grab for PR from a man with a size 4 soul in a size 12 body"...
With a 2 inch penis...
I find myself more puzzled than anything. Why address the stock holder meeting of a company about a public policy/political issue they only have peripheral involvement in? I realize there's an element of PR grabbing, but as a way to get results it just seems, ummm, misguided and insane.
I love that Smith's comment is miles more "Christian" than any word or action to come from Hutch.
Hutch doesn't give a shit about results. He's witnessing. His fucked version of Christianity has him believing that he's doing God's work just by bringing it up, no matter how far-fetched it is. It's the same as the Jehovah's Witnesses ringing your doorbell even though they know some jackass is probably going to throw coffee on them, or the saddoes handing out Jesus fliers downtown.
And, of course, personal PR. Hey, he's in the fucking newspaper! We're talking about him -- it must be working.
QUESTION: Good morning. My name is Ken Hutchison. I want to ask a couple of brief questions, no answers necessary. This is really letting you know, that do you know the greatest firestorm as stockholders is coming towards the corporations for the cost of taking up the fight that Christians, Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims have stood against for years, and the second thing is the reason why this firestorm is coming is because I came to Brad Smith and Stafford Mays, who works in Diversity. We had worked out a plan to work together to improve our community. Thank you, Brad, for that opportunity. Thank you, Stafford, for that opportunity. And Mr. Steve Ballmer, CEO, stood and called me a liar. Thus, we are putting together one of the largest, one of the most powerful groups to come to deal with Microsoft on issues that we believe is hurting our society. And the reason why we are excited about this is because we know that we have the power behind us.
And as I close, I would like to let you know that sometimes our love to work with you as a partner to improve our community, that fails; thus, we have to come another way, and I am probably one of the worst nightmares that this corporation can have. I'm a black man with a righteous cause, with a great deal and a whole host of powerful white people behind me. I hope to hear from you so we can work together. If not, you will be hearing from me again. Thank you.
CHRIS LIDDELL: Thank you, Mr. Hutchison. I'll ask if there are any other questions from the floor. I believe there's one over there. Someone can you take a microphone there. Number three, thank you.
BILL GATES: Matt Damon!
Mr. Poe FTW!
Hutch isn't just a bigot. He's a puffed-up moron of a bigot. That speech is the stupidest, most incomprehensible bag of garbage I've ever read. It doesn't even make any sense!
"[600+ random people including me,]Bill Gates, Chairman; Steve Ballmer, CEO; Brad Smith, Executive Vice President of Legal; and Chris Liddell, CFO, were present in today’s meeting."
It's laughable that he made it sound like a private meeting in his prayer request.
Too bad he didn't refuse to give up the mike. Then maybe we could have seen him get tased.
"Don't tase me, Lord!"
Our snark aside, his treatises to his Prayer Warriors go out to thousands of the faithful. Those faithful, in turn, send him money. Lots of it.
Of course Bill Gates isn't going to pay any attention to him whatsoever. But his highly publicized attempt will net him a tidy bundle from the faithful.
I repeat my comment from yesterday:
What a prick.
And I repeat mine...
What a fucktard!
Something like this happened in an all-employee meeting at Sprint HQ in Kansas City a couple of years ago, except that it was a white male employee who challenged the company on its non-discrimination and DP benefits policy.
The Sprint HR VP, Ned Holland, politely bitch-slapped the guy down, saying the same sort of thing that Brad Smith did, with the final line being "We're here to run a business that serves our customers and employees, not to debate social policy."
I wonder if Hutch realizes what a Stepin Fetchit he made himself out to be (I am a powerful black man with a righteous cause and backed by powerful white people")? And who ARE those powerful whites? A Stranger expose, maybe?
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