The CEO of a marketing and advertising firm in San Francisco has attacked Middle America in a bizarre rant on Facebook, saying “no educated person wants to live in a shithole with stupid people” and alleging that most residents are racist.
Melinda Byerley, CEO of TimeShareCMO and an apparent Hillary supporter, has posted an innocently titled Facebook post “What middle America can do to get more jobs in their area.” Instead of offering any reasonable solutions, the post turned into a vicious rant against Middle America, demanding “fiber internet” and a commitment “to not being bigots” before she can consider moving there.
“One thing middle america could do is to realize that no educated person wants to live in a shithole with stupid people. Especially violent, racist, and/or misogynistic ones,” she wrote.
The CEO then listed her demands: “So if you want jobs, clean up your act and make your town a place that people like us want to live in. Add fiber internet. Make it a point to elect a progressive city council and commit to not being bigots.”
In a repeated slur against Middle America, she said that “we especially don’t want to live in states where the majority of residents are still voting for things that are against their own interests just because they don’t want brown people to thrive.”
“The midwestern towns that fix this first, will attract investment in droves. It’s not just tax breaks and fiber. Corporations have to deal with the fact that their best and brightest would rather scrape in SF than live in a huge house somewhere if it means dealing with bigots and backwards ideologies every day,” Byerley added.
Her remarks sparked a controversy on social media, with most people laying into the CEO. “Peak liberal othering. I almost can’t believe someone wrote this,” said The New York Times political reporter Nick Confessore. “Listen up poors. I’m not moving to your farm town until you get three apple stores and sign a pledge to not be racist,” one Twitter user wrote, paraphrasing Byerley.
Josh Jordan, who covers politics, wrote: “There’s no better way to persuade people to be more like you than to call them all bigots who apparently live in squalor. Unbelievable.”