Yesterday, Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao announced that she was resigning from the site’s top post, bringing her reign of terror over the site to an end. For the past week, Reddit has been engulfed in a massive uprising against “Chairman Pao,” organized under the Twitter hashtag #RedditRevolt. As Reaxxion’s Robert Conway reported earlier this week, #RedditRevolt was sparked by the site’s sudden dismissal of Victoria Taylor, who was responsible for coordinating Reddit’s popular “Ask Me Anything” Q&As with celebrities, politicians, and other public figures:
It didn’t take long for Reddit mods to respond, as a large number of subreddits went private last Thursday, an event referred to as the Darkening. The list of subs that went dark included popular subs such as /r/movies and /r/music as well as more specialized sites such as /r/pcmasterrace. While the Darkening is no longer in effect, I believe the message is loud and clear: Reddit’s management needs to get its act together.
Make no mistake: Pao’s resignation is a major setback for social justice warriors. Ever since she took the helm at Reddit late last year, Pao has been on a crusade to drive off and ban the site’s non-SJW users through censorship and increasingly onerous rule changes. Taylor’s firing proved to be the last straw for Reddit’s userbase, and their successful ousting of Pao shows that SJWs are losing ground in the culture wars.
Ellen Pao And “Failing Upwards”
As I reported earlier this week at Reaxxion’s sister site Return of Kings, Ellen Pao’s entire career has been defined by her incompetence and radical feminist beliefs. Pao first leapt into the public consciousness when she sued her previous employer, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, for gender discrimination in order to cover up her poor job performance and an affair she had with a co-worker. Despite being laughed out of court, Pao received accolades from the mainstream media and SJWs for fighting against “sexism” in Silicon Valley.
Upon taking over as Reddit’s CEO, “Chairman Pao” began implementing new policies to drive off users as insufficiently supportive of social justice as her. For example, last month, Pao initiated a massive purge of non-SJW subreddits such as r/FatPeopleHate, claiming they were engaging in “harassing” behavior. Pro-SJW subreddits that harass people such as r/ShitRedditSays (which has a history of doxing GamerGate supporters), r/GamerGhazi, and r/TheBluePill were curiously left alone by the new regime.
Additionally, Pao announced back in April that prospective Reddit employees would no longer be allowed to negotiate their salaries in interviews, because according to studies, women are at a disadvantage in salary negotiations. As I reported at Return of Kings, Pao was literally hurting men in order to help women and bringing everyone down to the lowest common denominator in her mad quest for “equality.”
Unfortunately for Pao, her SJW ideology has become an impediment to Reddit’s ability to function. With numerous subreddits going offline in response to her dismissal of Taylor and a petition for her removal exceeding 200,000 signatures, “Chairman Pao” pushed her site’s userbase too far. While Pao and her cronies attempted damage control by apologizing for firing Taylor, it was clearly too little, too late.
You Know What’s Coming Next…
Despite the evidence of Ellen Pao’s mismanagement of Reddit being plainly obvious, SJWs and the mainstream media will likely blame her resignation on “online misogyny.” r/GamerGhazi has already come out in support of Pao, and notorious SJW cesspit Gawker described Pao’s ouster as the result of a “misogynist tantrum,” which makes little sense considering that the spark that ignited #RedditRevolt was Pao dismissing a female employee.
SJWs are wringing their hands over Pao’s fall because they know they’ve taken a major blow. Regardless of whoever ultimately replaces her or what direction the site takes, Reddit’s management knows that overt favoritism towards SJWs is the path to disaster. It’s unlikely that Pao’s successor will continue her heavy-handed, censorious policies, and any tech CEO who tries to follow in her footsteps can expect a backlash from the rest of us.