Julia Hartz is the co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite, a company that provides event processing for folks that have, well, events. In fact, I could have used them for our GrokMeetup event this past Sunday and the next three upcoming GrokMeetups. But I didn’t. And won’t, either.
And this email from Julia Hartz of Eventbrite trying to round up more business made me remember WHY I’m not going to use them again even though I have in the past:
As the world reopens and people start to reconnect, Eventbrite is here to celebrate, amplify and support you, the resilient makers and doers of the event community. Now is your time. And we’re here to help.
We’re thrilled to introduce RECONVENE, a two-day virtual summit made by and for independent event creators. We’ll have some of the most forward-thinking entrepreneurs, artists, and producers in the industry on stage and in our audience — as well as some of the biggest stars in health, equity, and wellness.
We hope you’ll join us to explore where the event world is heading — or better yet, where you’d like to take it.
Thank you for all that you’ve done, and all that you’ll do. You’ve waited for this moment to do what you do best, and we are honored and excited to be by your side.
And you know what I remembered when I received it?
—— Original Message ——
From: “Skip” <Skip@granitegrok.com>
Sent: 4/20/2021 3:35:47 PM
Subject: Re: Your Ticket to the Future of Events
“IT’S TIME TO BRING THE WORLD TOGETHER AGAIN”
Yeah….no. You folks have chosen political sides – with the other Corporatists Progressive Socialists. You canceled Conservative groups’ events right out from underneath them without so much as a “by your leave” polite message. You just deplatformed and laughed.
But now you want “togetherness” even as recent past actions showed those of us who differ from your present Corporate political choice a far different story. Telling us to come “together” now is simply rank hypocrisy.
I am planning on having events with our customers (our readers, actually) on a regular basis now that the Wuflu plandemic is in its waning stages. We’ll also be doing different kinds events that we’ve never tried before.
And you’ll be the “bridesmaid but never the bride” – since your message is that you don’t want “you type of people” around, we are no longer going to use your services. Shame, too – I could have used it for our event this past Sunday. However, given your corporate attitude and callousness of your behavior towards your customers like us, I have switched to a different vendor going forward.
Thus, the only respectful response that is needful to your “togetherness” schtick is simple “Up Yours!”.
The Left has made politics personal and the personal political and it shouldn’t be this way. But this is what they have decreed to be the New Rules.
They have chosen sides. They made the conscious decision that they don’t want Conservative sites as customers if they vary far from their now political Red lines. It is political warfare and if you don’t agree with that observation, I would suggest either more reading here or at any of the Conservative sites – they DO wish to silence and deplatform folks like us.
Sidenote: already have plans for June, August, and October (the latter two being Area 23 in Concord and Murphy’s Taproom in Manchester – trying to get a venue for June in the Keene area).
It’s time to tell them to “Sod off, Swampy” as Mike would say. And Townhall Finance has word that most Americans want companies to stay in their “lanes” and out of politics.” Sure they have the legal right of speech to say what they want but folks are unhappy to see them doing that most unAmerican thing of “Do you know who I am” and “throwing their weight around.”
From Rasmussen (reformatted, emphasis mine):
59% BELIEVE COMPANIES TAKING POLITICAL POSITIONS ADDS TO DIVISIVENESS IN AMERICA
- Fifty-nine percent (59%) of U.S. Adults believe that companies make political statements adds to the divisiveness in America.
- Just 17% disagree and 24% are not sure.
- Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republicans believe corporate political statements adds to divisiveness.
- So do 55% of Democrats and 55% of Independents.
- 66% of adults believe companies should avoid taking positions on political issues.
- Another 8% thought it appropriates for companies to weigh in on topics related to their businesses.
- Twenty-five percent (25%) believe it is better for businesses to clearly express their views on a wide variety of issues.
- Other survey data found that 39% believe it is appropriate for a company to leave a state because it disapproves of laws completely unrelated to their business. Forty-one percent (41%) disagree.
I have no problem in corporate speech especially when it affects their bottom lines via taxes, fees, and fines. An example of these is firearms companies leaving the Gun Control States to those that treasure the Second Amendment. In that case, it well could be self-preservation; there is a slippery slope for this issue and I bet that even the major Gun firms here in NH that have very well paying jobs in the factories around the State would vamoose in a heartbeat if the Democrats got majorities again and made it impossible for them to sell their offering even here in-state.
I do have heartburn, however, about them opining on issues that don’t affect their businesses and act in ways that can easily be compared to financial/political extortion. Sure, they can go elsewhere to proffer their wares (like the NCAA’s championships and MLB taking away its All-Star game) but they are trying to be SuperVoters to cancel out and intimidate elected representatives. If CEOs feel that way, let them run for office.
The problem, long term, is that they will use their Bully pulpits (and economic clout) to subvert our Representative Republic mores (not that THAT would disturb the Left). I believe it is a dangerous turn of events, this taking over of companies by political operatives.