Internet mob throws pitchforks at wrong company after tech CEO’s racist rant goes viral
Michael Lofthouse, the CEO of IT company Solid8, was caught on camera making racist remarks to a family seated next to him at a restaurant.
The video begins with one of the family members, Jordan Chan, daring Lofthouse to “say it again,” suggesting that the altercation had already started.Also on rt.com From everyday language to the worlds of Shakespeare and Austin, mainstream media looks for racism everywhere
“Trump’s gonna f**k you,” Lofthouse shouts in reply, apparently unconcerned that his rant is being recorded. He then urges the group to leave, and calls Chan a " f**king Asian piece of s**t.” The video ends after a waitress demands that the tech CEO leave, calling his behavior unacceptable.
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A Silicon Valley CEO has issued a groveling apology after his racist tirade in a #California restaurant went #viral. Michael Lofthouse, the British founder and #CEO of tech firm #Solid8, racially abused the Chan family at a Carmel Valley restaurant, seemingly unprovoked. Jordan Chan wrote on #Instagram that #Lofthouse began harassing the family after they sang happy #birthday to her aunt. Chan's mobile phone footage shows Lofthouse calling the family ‘an Asian piece of s*t’ and telling them ‘Trump's going to fk you!’ According to Chan, he also told them off-camera to ‘go back to whatever f*king Asian country you're from’ and said ‘you don't belong here.’ Since being identified in the viral #video, the CEO has #deactivated his #LinkedIn and #Twitter accounts, telling the UK press: ‘My behavior in the video is appalling. This was clearly a moment where I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments.’ He goes on to say he ‘was taught to respect people of all races.’ He must have had a really s**t #teacher.
His rude outburst went viral after being posted on Instagram by Chan, and the man was quickly identified and ‘outed’ by various journalists, along with his company, likely cancelling his career and name going forward.
#thisisracist. Upsetting to watch. Keep your cool. Be smarter. Rise higher. Shine the light on this man who told this family, “Trump’s going to f*** you. You Asian piece of s***.” His name is Michael Lofthouse, CEO of Solid8 in SF. Silence is complicit. https://t.co/zQuZc0Kf9H— Ramy Inocencio 英若明 (@RamyInocencio) July 7, 2020
Comedian Patton Oswalt sarcastically discouraged his Twitter followers from sharing the video. “Let’s all be nice to Michael Lofthouse and Solid8,” he joked. His post received more than 73,000 retweets and 130,000 likes.
Could everyone PLEASE stop sharing this video of Michael Lofthouse? He’s the founder & CEO of Solid8, a tech company based in San Francisco. If it goes viral it could hurt Michael Lofthouse and Solid8, his company. Let’s all be nice to Michael Lofthouse and Solid8. https://t.co/WH7MKrWnzQ— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 7, 2020
Other blue-checkmark accounts made similarly facetious remarks, noting how “terrible” it would be if the video went viral and made Lofthouse “uncomfortable.”
Just to be clear, we’re not trying to make Michael Lofthouse, founder and CEO of Solid8, uncomfortable in any way, right? It would be bad to let everyone know what a racist, rancid sack of meat he is and ruin Solid8, of which he is the CEO— Ethan Anderton (@Ethan_Anderton) July 7, 2020
Major news outlets also picked up the story. In response, Lofthouse rushed to make an apology, saying that he had “lost control” and made “incredibly hurtful and divisive comments.” He has since deleted all of his social media.
However, the Twitter mob also started targeting companies that work with Lofthouse – an unknown entity before his outburst – and the hounding had drastic consequences for an unsuspecting business on the other side of the Atlantic.
End your contract with SOLID8 & founder Michael Lofthouse ❗️❗️❗️ @CBSNews@ksbw@Google@LinkedIn@ameriprise@thomsonreuters@BannerHealth@Starbucks@CarmelValleyCC@CarmelBTSea@NextShark@shaunking@ManGroup@Allianz@BNYMellon@CityofMonterey@KPMG— 𝒥𝑜𝒸𝑒𝓁𝓎𝓃𝓃 (@jocelynnbucio) July 6, 2020
A UK-based firm that goes by the same name (Solid8) quickly became the target of much of the internet’s rage. A user-submitted suggestion to Google Maps listed the firm’s headquarters as a “public bathroom,” while others attempted to doxx the completely innocent, not-owned-by-Lofthouse company.
The owner of the UK firm reportedly issued a public statement urging internet users to be more careful with their vigilante social media justice.
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