Yesterday, Peter Shih (founder of Celery) caused an uproar on Twitter by posting this list of things he hated about San Francisco. To some, he needlessly ladled sexism and classism onto some valid complaints about the city’s infrastructure. To others, Shih is emblematic of a sort of quantitatively savvy, but philosophically vacuous Silicon Valley Tech Start-Up Bro that has blithely steamrolled over other communities in the Bay Area for decades.
Below are some of the things he implies in his ‘satire’:
1. “Normal upstanding citizens” don’t live in the Bronx. Never mind if they were born and raised there, or are priced out of Manhattan. “Upstanding citizens” live in Manhattan. Meanwhile, crime should happen near the “Bronx-people.”
2. Women are unstable because they have ovaries.
Never heard that one before.
3. Women should be ranked on a 10-point scale of attractiveness AND a “9” is entitled to act like “a bitch all the time.”
Is he implying that kindness is only a symptom of unattractiveness? Are we in middle school?
4. Homeless people are an alien breed incapable of wanting anything but drugs and alcohol.
5. Ladies don’t want to talk about TechCrunch. Ladies also don’t work for start-ups. If they do, they aren’t enthusiastic about it.
6. Transvestites are stopping Peter from getting home safely. There should be more taxis than transvestites.
Also, people still use the word “transvestite.”
7. Bicyclists are being hypocrites about… something.
8. After saying something asinine, you can just claim it’s satire.
Peter said his post was intended as “humorous satire” after he began to receive backlash. Then he deleted the entire post.