As recently stated in a report on Monday, Tesla officially fired two high-achieving employees that were central to the LGBTQ and diversity inititives.
Earlier this month, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, issued a statement announcing that he would be laying off roughly 10% of the staff for the electric automaker in response to a “super bad feeling” about the economy. According to Electrek, an electric vehicle news outlet, Bobby Berretta-Paris — the voluntary “President of LGBTQ+” for Tesla who held a position as a recruiter — was part of the first wave of people to lose their jobs in the layoffs. Berretta-Paris even highlighted his role as “President of LGBTQ+” on his LinkedIn page, despite it being entirely unclear as to what the title actually meant.
Additionally, a currently unnamed engineer, who has been volunteering as a “Diversity and Inclusion Leader,” was also part of the primary wave of employees let go. Electrek was quite clear that of these layoffs were just part of the “broader wave of layoffs,” but stated that both of the employees had, in the past, gotten multiple promotions throughout their short time with the company, seemingly pointing out that their performance was not part of the reason for their layoff.
Many bigger corporations frequently take steps to enforce a far more progressive social and political agenda by hiding it under the guise of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” initiatives. Many technology companies have been quite intolerant of any conflicting worldviews outside of the extreme leftist orthodoxy. However, a quite recent poll carried out by Echelon Insights unveiled that many American investors, by an almost 2-1 margin, are against companies leveraging their power for more political or social means.
As highlighted by Electrek, these layoffs take place due to concerns from CEO Musk about the “woke mind virus,” which he thinks is “the biggest threat” to civilization. Just a few days earlier, rocket company SpaceX also laid off multiple employees who circulated a letter calling out Elon Musk for his “behavior” and “values.”
“Elon’s behavior in the public sphere is a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks,” the letter stated. “As our CEO and most prominent spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX — every tweet that Elon sends is a de facto public statement by the company.”
The writers of the letter also stated that “it is critical to make clear to our teams and to our potential talent pool that his messaging does not reflect our work, our mission, or our values,” making demands that SpaceX “swiftly and explicitly separate itself from Elon’s personal brand.”
Just a day after the letter made its rounds, an email from Gwynne Shotwell, the SpaceX president and COO, stated that the employees concerned had been fired.
“The letter, solicitations and general process made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied, and/or angry because the letter pressured them to sign onto something that did not reflect their views,” Shotwell stated. “We have too much critical work to accomplish and no need for this kind of overreaching activism.”