by Bryan Menegus
Originally published: April 27, 2017
Upcoming film The Circle appears to be about a bearded white guy who runs a technology company that (I guess, based on the trailers) preaches connectivity and positive disruption but exists as a front to mine personal data. Haven't seen it yet. Jack Dorsey, the white, bearded CEO of Twitter, decided to host a Periscope livestream with members of the cast earlier this week, ostensibly to prove he has a sense of humour about his position as a dystopian tech lord. Could this be any more tone-deaf? Yes. Because Jack Dorsey tried to dodge a question by saying an astonishingly stupid thing.
After a few technical difficulties with the stream were worked out, the CEO launched into a sermon about his company trying to draw from different perspectives. Apparently, diversity is something Dorsey is still committed to, at some indeterminate time in the future. But when cast member Patton Oswalt asked Dorsey about the lack diversity within the company, noting that it's "odd that [diversity is still] being addressed in 2017", Dorsey seemed perplexed at first.