Twitter Fires Its New Head of VR After Homeless Rant Resurfaces

By William Turton on at

This was Greg Gopman’s first week at Twitter. Today was his last day.

Twitter just hired Gopman to work on the company’s virtual reality efforts. But then TechCrunch resurfaced his vile, disgusting rant about San Fransisco’s homeless population. Gopman got fired. He left the world know in a Facebook status: “Anddd I’m fired. Thanks TechCrunch.”

This is Gopman’s rant from 2013:

Just got back to SF. I’ve travelled around the world and I gotta say there is nothing more grotesque than walking down market st in San Francisco. Why the heart of our city has to be overrun by crazy, homeless, drug dealers, dropouts, and trash I have no clue. Each time I pass it my love affair with SF dies a little.

The difference is in other cosmopolitan cities, the lower part of society keep to themselves. They sell small trinkets, beg coyly, stay quiet, and generally stay out of your way. They realise it’s a privilege to be in the civilised part of town and view themselves as guests. And that’s okay.

In downtown SF the degenerates gather like hyenas, spit, urinate, taunt you, sell drugs, get rowdy, they act like they own the centre of the city. Like it’s their place of leisure… In actuality it’s the business district for one of the wealthiest cities in the USA. It a disgrace. I don’t even feel safe walking down the sidewalk without planning out my walking path.

You can preach compassion, equality, and be the biggest lover in the world, but there is an area of town for degenerates and an area of town for the working class. There is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us. It’s a burden and a liability having them so close to us. Believe me, if they added the smallest iota of value I’d consider thinking different, but the crazy toothless lady who kicks everyone that gets too close to her cardboard box hasn’t made anyone’s life better in a while.

This is hardly the first time some rich white arsehole has been horrible to people who lived in San Fransisco before the iPhone came out. It probably won’t be the last, either. [TechCrunch]