Christian Activist Smashes Pie Into Face Of Qantas CEO over Gay Marriage
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« on: May 11, 2017, 12:36:31 am »

    The CEO of Australian airline Qantas says he’ll continue to publicly support same-sex marriage after he was attacked with a pie over the issue. “My opinion on this has not changed,” Alan Joyce said in a statement Wednesday. “We’ll continue to speak about important social issues including indigenous reconciliation, gender diversity and marriage equality, because it’s the right thing to do.”

    A man rubbed a pie in Joyce’s face at a business event on Tuesday morning just as the CEO began delivering a speech. The assailant, Tony Overheu, has since spoken to Australian media, saying he wanted to make a statement about Joyce’s support for same-sex marriage. “There’s some really crude stuff going on here, and Joyce has been very much leading the issue,” Overheu told 7News.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/10/news/qantas-ceo-same-sex-marriage-pie-attack/
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2017, 12:56:08 am »

    The CEO of Australian airline Qantas says he’ll continue to publicly support same-sex marriage after he was attacked with a pie over the issue. “My opinion on this has not changed,” Alan Joyce said in a statement Wednesday. “We’ll continue to speak about important social issues including indigenous reconciliation, gender diversity and marriage equality, because it’s the right thing to do.”

    A man rubbed a pie in Joyce’s face at a business event on Tuesday morning just as the CEO began delivering a speech. The assailant, Tony Overheu, has since spoken to Australian media, saying he wanted to make a statement about Joyce’s support for same-sex marriage. “There’s some really crude stuff going on here, and Joyce has been very much leading the issue,” Overheu told 7News.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/10/news/qantas-ceo-same-sex-marriage-pie-attack/

I'm going to respond to this taking the position of a stockholder in Quantas.  I assume that Quantas is a publicly traded company.  What business does the CEO of Quantas have making a speech about same-sex marriage?   Whether the CEO was in favor of same sex marriages or against them is irrelevant.   As the CEO of Quantas.. he needs to refrain from delving into areas which have zero to do with the company he is supposed to be running. 


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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 12:57:37 am »

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I'm going to respond to this taking the position of a stockholder in Quantas.  I assume that Quantas is a publicly traded company.  What business does the CEO of Quantas have making a speech about same-sex marriage?   Whether the CEO was in favor of same sex marriages or against them is irrelevant.   As the CEO of Quantas.. he needs to refrain from delving into areas which have zero to do with the company he is supposed to be running. 

He's Gay.
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I'm going to respond to this taking the position of a stockholder in Quantas.  I assume that Quantas is a publicly traded company.  What business does the CEO of Quantas have making a speech about same-sex marriage?   Whether the CEO was in favor of same sex marriages or against them is irrelevant.   As the CEO of Quantas.. he needs to refrain from delving into areas which have zero to do with the company he is supposed to be running. 


Well then have I got news for you stockholder- as the public face of the company, part of the CEO's job is to present the position of the company on social issues as part of building their global brand. This is why many companies have a CSR or Corporate Social Responsibility program as part of their staying involved in the communities where they operate.

You can bet that the statements about gay marriage by the Qantas CEO, just like similar statements from other corporate heads of companies like Starbucks, Apple, Google etc. are made with the full knowledge and support of the majority of board members and stockholders. Companies can and do involve themselves with social issues--and you can be sure that he'd be fired the minute he overstepped his bounds and made such public statements without the full support of the stockholders.
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 10:45:27 am »

Brands routinely take a stance on social issues.   

Miller Beer (at least back in the 1980s and 1990s) were fully committed to LGBT equality and major sponsor of PRIDE events. 

LEAR Industries was the 1st corp in the US to give LGBTs equal rights when it came to work benefits.     The share holders could have held a vote to prevent it, but they didn't.
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 01:52:13 pm »

It was presented very light-heartedly here. QANTAS were always very much for same sex marriage, so I guess most were waiting for some kind of protest or thing to happen, if this is the worst then all good, in my opinion. There was a sort of boycott by some but it doesn't seem to have affected the company. The guy who put the pie in his face actually will be in more trouble, as he gave false info etc when arrested/questioned about it

Australian companies are very much divided on the issue and I think, for the most part, they sort of go with their target audience, as opposed to any real opinion of the ceo etc

I just wish we'd get over ourselves and just legalise it
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2017, 02:07:17 pm »

    The CEO of Australian airline Qantas says he’ll continue to publicly support same-sex marriage after he was attacked with a pie over the issue. “My opinion on this has not changed,” Alan Joyce said in a statement Wednesday. “We’ll continue to speak about important social issues including indigenous reconciliation, gender diversity and marriage equality, because it’s the right thing to do.”

    A man rubbed a pie in Joyce’s face at a business event on Tuesday morning just as the CEO began delivering a speech. The assailant, Tony Overheu, has since spoken to Australian media, saying he wanted to make a statement about Joyce’s support for same-sex marriage. “There’s some really crude stuff going on here, and Joyce has been very much leading the issue,” Overheu told 7News.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/10/news/qantas-ceo-same-sex-marriage-pie-attack/

I'm going to respond to this taking the position of a stockholder in Quantas.  I assume that Quantas is a publicly traded company.  What business does the CEO of Quantas have making a speech about same-sex marriage?   Whether the CEO was in favor of same sex marriages or against them is irrelevant.   As the CEO of Quantas.. he needs to refrain from delving into areas which have zero to do with the company he is supposed to be running. 




QANTAS was pro gay rights and pro same sex marriage before it was "cool" (best way to put it, I guess) and it is a stance the company has had for many years.

I think, with the fact that he is gay, if he HAD just suddenly decided the company was pro gay then, yes, I would understand your point, but in this case it was pro gay way before he was even part of things.

And to clarify, the company's pro gay stances haven't been deliberate speeches, more things like, company policy, via sponsored events and a few comments here and there on the issues we face, in Australia. He didn't hold a specific meeting to address it to the public or anything.

And to be clear, we have had companies that have never commented, some have been quite adamant they were for it and some against it too. Australians don't like to discuss gay issues, usually.
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