A new Apple hire has just been fired in near-record time due to protests on the part of some Apple employees, to the point where they started a petition asking that his hiring be investigated.
The employee, Garcia Martinez, has since been fired.
A petition signed by many triggered Apple employees claims that the hiring of Martinez "calls into question parts of our system of inclusion at Apple, including hiring panels, background checks, and our process to ensure our existing culture of inclusion is strong enough to withstand individuals who don’t share our inclusive values."
Antonio Garcia Martinez comes from Facebook by way of Wall Street. In Facebook, he worked as a product manager for the ad-targeting team. He is also the author of the controversial book Chaos Monkeys, (which he dedicated to "all my enemies,") and has contributed frequently to Wired.
According to The Verge, the group of employees were worried about Garcia Marquez's purported views on women and on people of color. It now appears that Apple has decided to give Garcia Marquez the boot.
One disgruntled employee tweeted, "It’s so exhausting being a woman in tech; sitting opposite men who think because of my gender, I am 'soft and weak and generally full of shit.' It’s not even worth it to say I have worked relentlessly for every accomplishment I have." She is quoting a passage from Chaos Monkeys.
Journalist and writer Matt Taibbi, who is quoted in the above tweet by ex-NYT editor Bari Weiss, took a different tack, claiming thinly-veiled opportunism on the part of current Apple employees, many of whom are surely gunning for the same position in the company:
"The people who start campaigns against people like Garcia-Martinez aren’t idealists. They’re just ordinary greedy Americans trying to get ahead, using the tactics available, and it’s time to stop thinking of stories like this through any other lens," tweeted Taibbi.
Garcia Martinez himself has previously claimed that the above quote has been repeatedly taken out of context. He stated right after publishing his book:
"You think I’m bad, you should meet other people in tech. Here’s the scoop: outsiders who know nothing about Silicon Valley think I’m terrible. Insiders who know the game well think I’m actually honest, self-deprecating, and funny, and actually tame by Valley standards."
"You’re evidently the former, as are many of the one-star reviews on AMZN. The latter are the five-star reviews and the gushing Tweets."
"Maybe the real problem is that most people don’t really understand how the Valley works, thinking it looks like what’s on the front page of Fortune magazine. Rather than re-adjust their vision, they choose to shoot the messenger. It’s certainly their right, but I’d hope they act otherwise."