The bully is Adam Smith. Before we get to the video there are a few updates. Some we learned outside of the video, some within it. First, it’s clear Smith’s terrible decision to make the video and publish it has turned his life upside down. You can tell in his expressions and his voice that he’s still struck by emotion over the whirlwind of things that have happened in the past few days.
Second, he makes it clear that when he went in to work the next day, Vante, his employer, was dealing with a massive PR problem. The answering machine held a maximum of 300 messages. It was maxed out at 300. Smith says clients/customers of Vante were being contacted and other employees of Vante were being contacted as well.
Third, as it turns out, Smith was a lecturer at the University of Arizona. Not only has he been fired from his job, he has been removed from the University as a Lecturer.
Adam Smith held an appointment as an Adjunct Lecturer, Finance (non-tenure eligible) in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona from January 2, 2012, to May 20, 2012. He presently holds no appointment with the University.
The University of Arizona is committed to being a community in which all members support the free and respectful exchange of varied ideas and perspectives. We strive to have a workforce that is diverse and respectful of different viewpoints.
Fourth, and this is an opinion at odds with Smith’s, in the video he claims his effort was all about keeping rights from being threatened by corporations. This statement comes in at about 5:50 of the video. Chick-fil-A’s President didn’t threaten any rights. He didn’t show hatred towards anyone, and none of the groups he supports show hatred towards anyone. This is where the disconnect is and why Smith is in an extreme minority with his opinion. Supporting traditional marriage and “hating” those who are gay are two very different scenarios. Most Americans do not view them as the same.
OK, that’s it for the points to be made. And now for the video!