Spoiler alert: everything you once loved is terrible now.
Over the weekend, LA Talk Radio announced that Susan Olsen aka Cindy Brady had been fired from her job as co-host of Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics. Olsen got into a heated heated conversation with openly gay actor Leon Acord-Whiting on the show, which then spilled over onto Facebook. You can read the whole back and forth here. All of this would have been, unfortunately, fairly common for political discourse on a talk radio show. It’s also not the reason Olsen was fired. Here’s the reason she was fired.
Jesus, and I thought she was unbearable when she was lisping.
From people (internet commenters) who don’t understand why this behavior should get someone fired, there have been three standard responses:
1) This was a private message, and shouldn’t have been made public.
2) This wasn’t done while she was working nor was it related to her work so she shouldn’t be fired for it.
3) It’s not homophobic because the actor is actually gay.
To address those in reverse order:
3) WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?
2) Sure, it might not have been done for her job, but it’s clearly not something her employer can ignore. Knowing information isn’t something that can be reversed. This was brought to their attention, they recognized that it either A) doesn’t reflect their core values, or B) would impact their bottom line, and decided to fire her. If a friend of mine were cheating on her husband, it might not have anything to do with our friendship, but it’s still going to impact how I think of her.
1) What the actual fuck again? Is this argument actually that Acord-Whiting, as the recipient of Olsen’s hate speech, was supposed to respect her right to privacy? Like when the creepy dude at work whispers about how much he’d like to file your invoices, and then protests at the HR meeting that he told you that in confidence? I mean, Olsen marked the Facebook message with a “c”, and Congress spent $30 million to find out that “c” means confidential.
We’ve been championing the idea around here for a while now that freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom of consequences. We might need to add that right to privacy doesn’t mean the right to have people ignore what an asshole you are.