On Wednesday, Stephen Colbert addressed the forced resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, blaming “left-wing loudmouths” for driving the embattled executive from his post.
“I like Eich,” Colbert declared. “In fact, I’ve been called something of an Eichmann.”
Mozilla employees and LGBT activists raised a clamor over Eich’s donation of $2,000 to California’s anti-same-sex marriage initiative Proposition 8 in 2008. The dating website OKCupid blocked Firefox users from being able to access the site, forcing those users, said Colbert, to send a text message to the browser Chrome that said “U up?”
“Faced with this boy-on-boycott,” said Colbert, “Eich resigned. Because when gay people want someone to resign, he’s out in a week, but when I want someone to resign, it’s always, ‘Oh, I was elected twice.'”
The monitor flashed a photo of President Barack Obama.
“Or I’m the voice of God,” he said, showing a photo of Pope Francis. “Or, sir, for the last time, only members of the Geek Squad are allowed back here.”
The ouster of Eich, Colbert said, is gay totalitarianism, a quashing of free speech.
“Folks, a man has just lost his job for trying to ban same-sex marriage,” Colbert concluded. “Meanwhile, there are only 29 states left where I can still fire someone for being gay. I mean, I had to take all of my gay employees on a business trip to Alabama just to can them.”
“And the next thing you know, I am going to be forced into the closet for my beliefs,” he said. “Everywhere I go, people will assume that I’m okay with gay marriage, but I will know in my heart that’s not who I am. And no one can ever make me believe it gets better, because frankly, things are pretty great for me right now.”
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