I completely agree with you, and I wasn’t referring to just his career when I said that.
I can understand why the employer would fire him over that, even if they were unsure of whether he meant it or not.
I actually think the public humiliation is much worse than whatever issues it caused at his workplace.
When you read about what happens to these people after going viral, it really does mess everything up for them. Ms. South Carolina considered suicide after her friends turned on her…
“Somebody once put a letter in my parents’ mailbox about how my body was going to be eaten alive by ants and burned in a freak fire. And then it said, in all caps, GO DIE CAITE UPTON, GO DIE FOR YOUR STUPIDITY.”
I lost a lot of close friends over it — people I’d been friends with since I was 10, people I grew up playing soccer with.
“I had some very dark moments where I thought about committing suicide.”
Ok, so she fucked up on a question about maps. How much can we wreck her life? The internet amplifies the normal reaction one would get from an embarrassing episode into something that can consume your life. The difference between embarrassing yourself on the air, and being humiliated by the internet mob are 2 very different things.
I’ve certainly seen people make remarks I’d consider psychopathic on the internet over things like delayed video games, television show scripts, women in computer science. Completely berserk reactions like death/rape threats over nothing. In this case, its possible he meant to be racist, but considering the potential consequences, I’d suggest we save the humiliation for times when we know the guy’s a racist… and there are plenty of those times.