What you need to know
- One of Apple's recent hires is García Martínez, a former Facebook product manager and author of "Chaos Monkeys."
- Some Apple employees aren't too happy about this and a petition has circulated expressing concerns about this new hire.
- Apple employees say that excerpts from "Chaos Monkeys" are racist and sexist.
Update, May 12 (9:30 pm ET): García Martínez is reportedly no longer with Apple following backlash from employees.
Apple has recently hired Antonio García Martínez, who was a former Facebook product manager, as well as the author of "Chaos Monkeys." As reported by The Verge, a petition is now circulating among Apple employees calling for an investigation into the new hire due to concerns about his views on women and people of color.
With this petition, employees are concerned that his Martínez's hiring "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."
Martínez was a project manager for Facebook's ad targeting team from 2011 to 2013, and he has also written for Wired in the past. But these aren't the main issues of concern — it's what he has written in "Chaos Monkeys" itself, which Martínez has dedicated to "all his enemies." The book is an autobiography that follows Martínez's life from Wall Street to Silicon Valley, and he describes it as "total Hunter S. Thompson/Gonzo mode." According to Apple employees who are petitioning against his hiring, "Code Monkeys" is racist and sexist.
One particular screenshot from the book has been making rounds on Twitter, where Martínez calls women from the Bay area "soft and weak, cosseted and naïve despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit."
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 pic.twitter.com/CSGcYrDTzGIt’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 pic.twitter.com/CSGcYrDTzG— 🖤devon🖤 (@devonbl) May 12, 2021May 12, 2021
It's no surprise that Silicon Valley is composed mostly of working white males, and there is a very noticeable lack of women and other people of color in the industry. A notorious ex-Google employee, James Damore, suggests that is due to the fact that women and people of color "lack the innate qualities needed to succeed in tech." Judging from waves of sex discrimination lawsuits, however, we get a different story: the underrepresented minority groups have simply been prevented from succeeding in the first place.
Apple's workforce consists of about 40% women, but only about 23% of that is in research and development, at least according to Apple's latest diversity report. The other half of the workforce is white, with about 27% being Asian. You can read the full report from Apple's page (opens in new tab), which says, "Across Apple, we've strengthened our long-standing commitment to making our company more inclusive and the world more just. Where every great idea can be heard. And everybody belongs."
Here's the full letter that is in the petition:
If you are curious about more excerpts from "Chaos Monkeys," you can check them out on The Verge.
Update, May 12 (9:30 pm ET) — García Martínez is reportedly no longer with Apple following backlash from employees
According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple has fired recently hired ads executive García Martínez due to the comments made in his book "Chaos Monkeys."
Apple says "we have always strived to create an inclusive, welcoming workplace where everyone is respected and accepted. Behavior that demeans or discriminates against people for who they are has no place here."Apple says "we have always strived to create an inclusive, welcoming workplace where everyone is respected and accepted. Behavior that demeans or discriminates against people for who they are has no place here."— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) May 13, 2021May 13, 2021
Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.
It must be exhausting running a company in Silicon Valley. After the 2016 election, Google employees (adults) threatened to walk off the job because all of America didn't share their coastal elite values, and they demanded to know what their employer was going to do about it. Of course, we know exactly how Google responded, the company that controls 92% of internet searches said they would "never allow this to happen again." While Apple is certainly a woke company, trying to keep 1000s of people with perpetual hurt feelings must be a real chore.
This should worry anyone that wants to work in the Bay area. He wrote an opinion he had about women in the Bay Area (that may be true). So what? These employees should worry more about themselves. Words really cant hurt you. If you think that they can, you need some help.
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