Hot Dog Vender:  Got no opinions Sir, they’re bad for business

Inherit the Wind 1960


Via Instapundit and Don Surber comes this at Wired:

Firefox’s share of the browser market is declining rapidly, according to multiple measures. W3Counter says Firefox’s share has decreased from 21.3 percent of browser usage in November 2012 to 11.5 percent this month.

and this:

The Mozilla Corp. historically has made most of its money through a a contract making Google the default search engine on Firefox. But last year, instead of renewing that contract, Mozilla signed agreements with less popular search engines. Yahoo is now the default in the US, Yandex in Russia, and Baidu in China. Mozilla hasn’t revealed the terms of those deals and the report gives no indication of how much revenue the new contracts will generate, but there’s reason for concern.

While Mozilla spins the change as a way of being less dependent on a single company, it’s not clear whether Mozilla or Google pulled the plug.

Oddly enough while Wired mentioned the whole Brandon Eich thing it doesn’t connect the decision to tell half the population that they are bigots whose business they would rather not have to said customers decision to take them at their word and leave, particularly if they have plenty of alternatives to choose from.

I’ve not used Firefox since that day on any computer I own and I intend never to do so again.  I suspect millions think the same and I’ll wager Google has noticed this.

As Mr. Surber said, a Darwin award indeed

Hot dog vendor:  Got no opinion sir.  Opinions are bad for business

Inherit the Wind 1960

Instapundit notes a mystery:

WELL, THAT’S WEIRD. I WONDER WHAT COULD EXPLAIN IT? An incredibly shrinking Firefox faces endangered species status. “Just two weeks after Mozilla’s top Firefox executive said that rumors of its demise were “dead wrong,” the iconic browser dropped another three-tenths of a percentage point in analytics firm Net Applications’ tracking, ending February with 11.6%. That was Firefox’s lowest share since July 2006, when the browser had been in the market for less than two years. . . . In the last 12 months, Firefox’s user share — an estimate of the portion of all those who reach the Internet via a desktop browser — has plummeted by 34%. Since Firefox crested at 25.1% in April 2010, Firefox has lost 13.5 percentage points, or 54% of its peak share.”

It’s a mystery, I guess.

The article at computer world and a second from a month ago talking about Firefox’s drop in popularity with users manages to avoid any hint of the elephant in the room, however once you get into comments that changes:

I uninstalled FireFox from my personal computer the day I read about the PC police fired its CEO due to a political belief. I understand the tech world is leaning left but the firing is the final straw for me because of its overt shameless liberal fascism from Firefox.

This comment was typical as were the replies:

He deserved to be fired – having someone who is so strongly against human rights is a liability to an open and tolerant organisation like Mozilla.

Also what on earth is “liberal fascism”? Sounds like you need to lay off the Fox News for a while.

Now it’s true & very likely that most other browsers staff share the views of the 2nd comment & of the firefox staff that rejected Brandon Eich, but unlike Mozilla they didn’t make a public spectacle out of firing him.

This is how the free market works, Firefox was free to reject Eich and declare he was not wanted. Likewise those (like myself) who share Eich’s opinion on Gay Marriage were free to reject Firefox.

And that brings us to Planet Fitness:

A Michigan woman lost her Planet Fitness membership over the “inappropriate” manner in which she complained about a transgender woman in the locker room, a gym spokeswoman said.

Yvette Cormier’s membership was not canceled for simply raising the issue, “as we welcome all feedback from our members,” said McCall Gosselin, director of public relations at Planet Fitness Corporate.

There is a photo on tumbler of the “woman” in question:

And thus lies the problem for Planet fitness.

Planet Fitness corporate apparently decided they dared not refute or rebuke their local chapter that made this decision without upsetting the media that has been pushing the LGBT agenda. They would not be able to handle the press that would come and descend upon them.

Unfortunately for them the reality is that you can’t build or sustain a business on such a niche as Hotair explains:

This is one of those areas where political correctness simply has to be put aside and face up to reality. We have blurred the lines sufficiently about who is a boy and who is a girl, but the simple facts of family and biology remain. You may have been born with the “wrong set of genitalia” for some reason, but you still live in the same society with the rest of us. We are under no obligation to accept your definition when it comes to our own privacy and safety. If someone born with male genitals wants the freedom to go wandering around in the showers and locker rooms of ladies who are paying for a public service such as a gym or pool, they have no right to force that on them. You can do what you like in the privacy of your own home… wear a dress, engage in body modifications. It doesn’t matter. It’s your life and your body, so do what you wish. But you don’t get to force that on everyone else. If you were born with male genitals, you don’t get to declare that you suddenly have the right to hang out in the showers with the girls.

Even women who are not of the right will figure out what this means really quick .

As much as Planet Fitness would like to believe otherwise this story isn’t going anywhere and the word will go out on twitter and Facebook and everywhere else that Planet Fitness “no judgement zone” has passed judgement that folk like Yvette Cormier are no longer welcome.

And like Firefox they will find that such people will vote with their feet.

May they be happy with the business model they have chosen.

Closing thought: Perhaps the media can push for an Obamacare like law compelling people to patronize Mozilla & Planet Fitness.


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