CBS Fires Lawyer Over Cruel Comments Because Saying People Deserved To Get Murdered Is Bad For Business (Unless You’re Running For U.S. Senate Or A Televangelist Preacher)
CBS fired a legal executive Monday after she wrote on Facebook that she was not “sympathetic” to the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. “I’m actually not even sympathetic [because] country music fans often are Republican gun toters,” former executive Hayley Geftman-Gold wrote. “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing,” wrote Geftman-Gold, who served as vice president and senior counsel of strategic transactions at CBS.
The post quickly went viral, with Geftman-Gold’s name and “CBS Exec” both becoming top trending topics on Twitter.
“This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS,” the network said Monday. “Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families,” the network wrote. (LA Times)
People have even started a Change.org petition, which they plan to send to the New York State Bar Association in hopes of getting Attorney Gold’s law license revoked. The petition states: "This gross and reckless insensitivity to this mass shooting has created a firestorm of controversy on social media that has brought great discredit to the legal profession in the State of New York.”
As a fellow lawyer, a part of me feels bad for this woman because she tanked her entire law career in one morning. It's called empathy. But then the other 99.9% of me is like what the hell is wrong with this woman? She's an attorney. She should know better than anyone that emotional responses during times of crisis are never a good idea. But even if she wasn't a lawyer, she would probably still lose her job because, generally speaking, if you say you're not sympathetic to murder victims, you're on the wrong side of life. And companies are going to fire you because the whole "you deserved to get murdered" vibe isn't usually good for business, unless of course you're a disgraced Alabama judge running for U.S. Senate (who suggested that the children murdered at Sandy Hook were a punishment for America forgetting God) or a televangelist preacher (who said that 9/11 was caused by feminists).
Were Attorney Gold's comments disgusting? Yes. Did CBS have a right to fire her for violating its employment contract? Yes. Do you notice a trend among so called "free speech advocates" on the right who seem to go silent when it's not one of their own saying something stupid? Absofuckinlutely.