Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

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Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby Ross » Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:18 am

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/ ... 652fffa484

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WASHINGTON ― You may have seen this photo of President Donald Trump’s motorcade winding down a wooded road last week as a woman on a bicycle pedaled by ― giving the middle finger to Trump.

The picture, snapped by a White House photographer traveling with the president as he left his golf course in Sterling, Va., went viral almost immediately. News outlets picked up the story when it appeared in a White House pool report. Late-night talk show hosts told jokes about the encounter and people on social media began hailing the unidentified woman as a “she-ro,” using the hashtag #Her2020.

The woman’s name is Juli Briskman. Her employer, government contractor Akima LLC, wasn’t so happy about the photo. They fired her over it.

In a Saturday interview with HuffPost, Briskman, a 50-year-old mother of two, said she was stunned that someone had taken a picture of her giving Trump the middle finger.

As the photo circulated online, Briskman decided to tell Akima’s HR department what was happening when she went to work on Monday. By Tuesday, her bosses called her into a meeting and said she had violated the company’s social media policy by using the photo as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook.

“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,‘” said Briskman. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”

Briskman, who worked in marketing and communications at Akima for just over six months, said she emphasized to the executives that she wasn’t on the job when the incident happened and that her social media pages don’t mention her employer. They told her that because Akima was a government contractor, the photo could hurt their business, she said.

Virginia is an employment-at-will state, meaning employers can fire people anytime and for any reason. But Briskman said what’s been particularly infuriating is that a male colleague kept his job after recently posting lewd comments on his Facebook page that featured Akima LLC as his cover photo. She said this colleague was reprimanded for calling someone “a !! BAN ME NOW FOR SWEARING !! Libtard !! BAN ME NOW FOR SWEARING !!” on Facebook, but was allowed to delete the post and keep his job.

“How is that any less ‘obscene’ than me flipping off the president?” she asked. “How is that fair?”

Akima did not respond to requests for comment via email and phone.
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Asked what she was thinking when she saw Trump’s motorcade roll up next to her, Briskman said it was a gut reaction to flip him off.

“He was passing by and my blood just started to boil,” she said. “I’m thinking, DACA recipients are getting kicked out. He pulled ads for open enrollment in Obamacare. Only one-third of Puerto Rico has power. I’m thinking, he’s at the damn golf course again.”

“I flipped off the motorcade a number of times,” she added.

Briskman, a Democrat, said she plans to look for a new job with an advocacy group that she believes in, like Planned Parenthood or PETA.

Despite getting fired, she said she has no regrets about the attention her public show of displeasure with Trump received. In fact, she said she’s happy to be an image of protest that resonates with many Americans.

“In some ways, I’m doing better than ever,” she said. “I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something.”


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Someone posted this graphic on Juli Briskman's Facebook page after she flipped off the president's motorcade. Briskman was amused.

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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby bychosis » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:35 am

Nothing new. Trump has been firing people who disagree with him since he started.
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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby AUbicycles » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:13 am

I can't help thinking that it won't be long until she is offered a much better job.

It appears that her past employer is specifically dabbling in the personal expression of their employees and their actions probably won't help their public image.

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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby duncanm » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:58 am

Don't see the problem here.

If she's identified with the company (T-shirt?), and bringing them into disrepute by flipping off the president, then bye bye.

She used the picture on her social media -- ie: wanted to publicise it even more.

This is inconsistent..
.. Briskman, a 50-year-old mother of two, said she was stunned that someone had taken a picture of her giving Trump the middle finger.

.. but ..
.. (used) the photo as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook.
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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby Cheesewheel » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:00 am

If you are not satisfied with the performance of google image in presenting a broad range of gifs and pics of giving the finger, check out their comments on fb .....
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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby duncanm » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:01 am

Gotta love democrats:
Briskman, a Democrat, said she plans to look for a new job with an advocacy group that she believes in, like Planned Parenthood or PETA.


Kill babies, save animals. You know it makes sense.

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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby find_bruce » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:17 am

Its what happens when you have an elected dictator, never mind the so called guarantee of freedom of speech. Still there are plenty of other dictatorships where the actions would have you disappeared.

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Postby march83 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:56 am

duncanm wrote:Don't see the problem here.

If she's identified with the company (T-shirt?), and bringing them into disrepute by flipping off the president, then bye bye.

She used the picture on her social media -- ie: wanted to publicise it even more.



I don't see how she's identified by that shirt. Looks nothing like the company's logo or typeface -> http://www.akima.com/

She raised the issue with her employer, they decided that her actions were in violation of their social media policy. And tbh, it would be in violation of the policies of many companies (mine included).

This is inconsistent..
.. Briskman, a 50-year-old mother of two, said she was stunned that someone had taken a picture of her giving Trump the middle finger.

.. but ..
.. (used) the photo as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook.


Did you read the article? A press/entourage photographer snapped the photo and it was published from there. It's freely available on Google and news outlets. I'm sure she assumed her actions would go un-documented and she expressed surprise that they were. Having discovered this fact she decided to own the behaviour. I don't see the inconsistency.

Gotta love democrats:
Briskman, a Democrat, said she plans to look for a new job with an advocacy group that she believes in, like Planned Parenthood or PETA.


Kill babies, save animals. You know it makes sense.


I can't even. Somehow advocacy for women's rights and animal welfare concurrently is a paradox and is viewed negatively?

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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby biker jk » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:03 am

find_bruce wrote:Its what happens when you have an elected dictator, never mind the so called guarantee of freedom of speech. Still there are plenty of other dictatorships where the actions would have you disappeared.


Nothing stopped her expressing her freedom of speech. In contrast, try speaking on a university campus if you're a conservative.

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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby g-boaf » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:11 am

biker jk wrote:
find_bruce wrote:Its what happens when you have an elected dictator, never mind the so called guarantee of freedom of speech. Still there are plenty of other dictatorships where the actions would have you disappeared.


Nothing stopped her expressing her freedom of speech. In contrast, try speaking on a university campus if you're a conservative.


Young conservatives have more abilities than ever to associate and make their views heard. It's not like they are being shipped off to Siberia because of their views. Although it must be said they'd love to silence other views if they had a chance.

The biggest threat to conservative freedom of speech among those types seems to be other conservatives and the dirty tricks/branch stacking among the various associations.

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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby duncanm » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:59 am

march83 wrote:
duncanm wrote:
Gotta love democrats:


Kill babies, save animals. You know it makes sense.


I can't even. Somehow advocacy for women's rights and animal welfare concurrently is a paradox and is viewed negatively?


I suspect my cognitive dissonance is less severe than yours.. or do babies not have rights?

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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby duncanm » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:21 pm

find_bruce wrote:Its what happens when you have an elected dictator, never mind the so called guarantee of freedom of speech.


This is a common confusion.

She has freedom to say what she wants. No-one has freedom from the consequences of their speech.

She signed a contract with her employer, and broke it.

(I'll ignore the "Trump is literally a dictator" bull).

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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby trailgumby » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:27 pm

duncanm wrote:
march83 wrote:
duncanm wrote:

I can't even. Somehow advocacy for women's rights and animal welfare concurrently is a paradox and is viewed negatively?


I suspect my cognitive dissonance is less severe than yours.. or do babies not have rights?

They can't speak for themselves, and can't vote, so, no. What were you thinking?
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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby silentC » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:31 pm

I'll ignore the "Trump is literally a dictator" bull

There must be a term for saying you'll ignore something but sneaking in a comment on it anyway, but it escapes me.

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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby march83 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:33 pm

duncanm wrote:
march83 wrote:
duncanm wrote:

I can't even. Somehow advocacy for women's rights and animal welfare concurrently is a paradox and is viewed negatively?


I suspect my cognitive dissonance is less severe than yours.. or do babies not have rights?


babies have plenty of rights. zygotes can gtfo. your opinion is bad so you should feel bad.

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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby MichaelB » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:12 pm

Can't get gun control in any form, but you get fired for flipping the bird.

Really ?

What a joke

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"Some things are worth killing for"

Postby Thoglette » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:29 pm

MichaelB wrote:Can't get gun control in any form,

There's all sorts of gun control laws in the USoA (try legally owning a handgun in DC as a civilian) but the rules are all over the place and often ignored.

The real problem is that Americans like killing each other.

Some states have things known as "stand your ground" laws which specifically allow use of deadly force if you feel threatened.

Somewhere on "The Conversation" there is article which down in the details notes that the correlation between firearm presence and homocides in Western countries is almost entirely due to the USoA. (Sorry no an area I'm studying so I didn't save the reference - it was a "six things" article which dates back a few years)

For "balance".
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Postby MichaelB » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:54 pm

Thoglette wrote:
MichaelB wrote:Can't get gun control in any form,

There's all sorts of gun control laws in the USoA ....


They obviously do a lot then ...

I'm being flippant and do not know the full details, but the right to arms and the theory behind it is just plain dumb. Seriously, it is just that stoopid.

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Postby duncanm » Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:14 pm

MichaelB wrote:.. the right to arms and the theory behind it is just plain dumb. Seriously, it is just that stoopid.


I suspect those who have lived under military (or other) dictatorships may differ in their opinion on that.

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Re: "Some things are worth killing for"

Postby MichaelB » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:34 pm

duncanm wrote:
MichaelB wrote:.. the right to arms and the theory behind it is just plain dumb. Seriously, it is just that stoopid.


I suspect those who have lived under military (or other) dictatorships may differ in their opinion on that.


But USA isn’t and hasn’t been one, so it isn’t a valid comment

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Postby warthog1 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:23 pm

biker jk wrote: In contrast, try speaking on a university campus if you're a conservative.

No one is stopping you. It's just that trickle down economics, climate change denial and blind xenophobia don't usually cut it when critical thinking is encouraged lol
Unsurprisingly quoting Newscorp references won't help much either.

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Re: "Some things are worth killing for"

Postby duncanm » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:34 pm

MichaelB wrote:
duncanm wrote:
MichaelB wrote:.. the right to arms and the theory behind it is just plain dumb. Seriously, it is just that stoopid.


I suspect those who have lived under military (or other) dictatorships may differ in their opinion on that.


But USA isn’t and hasn’t been one, so it isn’t a valid comment


its perfectly valid. The whole point of the 'right to bear arms' argument is that the populace remains armed enough to prevent such a situation.

Whether you agree with that line of argument or not is another matter, but there it is.

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Postby biker jk » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:40 pm

warthog1 wrote:
biker jk wrote: In contrast, try speaking on a university campus if you're a conservative.

No one is stopping you. It's just that trickle down economics, climate change denial and blind xenophobia don't usually cut it when critical thinking is encouraged lol
Unsurprisingly quoting Newscorp references won't help much either.


You've been living under a rock in the Socialist Republic of Victoria to have missed the numerous examples of leftist activists preventing conservatives from speaking at US universities. Meanwhile in Australia, leftists tried to prevent John Howard from delivering a lecture at the University of Sydney while the University of Western Sydney allows its premises to be used by muslims to hold meetings requiring female students to sit at the rear of the lecture theatre. These snowflakes are triggered by speakers challenging their leftist view of the world and seek out safe spaces to insulate them from critical thinking. The slogans you use such as "trickle down economics", "climate change denial" and "blind xenophobia" are reminiscent of the childish student activists that inhabit our universities today.

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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby duncanm » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:44 pm

warthog1 wrote:Unsurprisingly quoting Newscorp references won't help much either.


Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:41 pm
warthog1 wrote:They are sponsored by Newscorp so you'd expect a driver to behave like that after he's been fed a diet of their media content .


Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:55 pm
warthog1 wrote:A diet saturated in Newscorp will do that to you ;) Are you a Fox news subscriber too?


Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:36 am
warthog1 wrote:To a large extent we get the candidate/government Murdoch anoints for power


Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:59 pm
warthog1 wrote:I suspect it is because bicycle riders are publicly vilified. He may listen to Ray Hadlee, Alan Jones and the like and read Newscorp material.


Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:01 am
warthog1 wrote:The Bogeyman card, your term, certainly does work when you have Rupert at the helm.


.. etc..

we get it already.

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Re: Woman Fired For Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade

Postby warthog1 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:47 pm

biker jk wrote:
You've been living under a rock in the Socialist Republic of Victoria to have missed the numerous examples of leftist activists preventing conservatives from speaking at US universities. Meanwhile in Australia, leftists tried to prevent John Howard from delivering a lecture at the University of Sydney while the University of Western Sydney allows its premises to be used by muslims to hold meetings requiring female students to sit at the rear of the lecture theatre. These snowflakes are triggered by speakers challenging their leftist view of the world and seek out safe spaces to insulate them from critical thinking. The slogans you use such as "trickle down economics", "climate change denial" and "blind xenophobia" are reminiscent of the childish student activists that inhabit our universities today.


Come in spinner :lol:

You still aren't cognizant of the meanings of the terms you use.
Open your mind, there is a world in print outside of Newscorp.
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