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Legere Apologizes for Saying AT&T, Verizon 'Rape' Customers
by Karl Bode 04:29PM Thursday Jun 19 2014
T-Mobile CEO John Legere (or at least the edgy character John Legere plays as he positions T-Mobile for a sale to Sprint) was in rare form last night, swearing left and right as the company introduced their latest "Uncarrier" initiatives (discussed here). The Verge has put together sort of a best of montage of Legere's running commentary as he repeatedly criticized AT&T and Verizon for being "greedy bastards."

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Legere's mostly funny tirades included the comment that "high and mighty duopolists" AT&T and Verizon are "raping you for every penny you have." Needless to say, the CEO's comparison of cell phone pricing to a brutal, criminal act managed to rub many people the wrong way:
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I thought we’d long since learned that using “rape” in any other way but the literal sense is trivializing real-life trauma. Legere’s lazy prose goes beyond an issue of being politically correct. It’s an insult to rape survivors to be compared to high cell phone bills. Unless Verizon and AT&T are literally forcing themselves and physically violating customers, then Legere needs to watch his phrasing.
Legere ultimately apoligized via Twitter:
Even if he's a bit of a cartoon construct designed to make a cell phone carrier seem kooky, Legere remains leagues more interesting than his droning industry compatriots. At least Legere is (usually) entertaining. The alternative has traditionally been a long line of CEO millionaires who'll insist that eroding your consumer rights and charging you more money will "improve the customer experience."


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Re: Wasn't aware

Where do we draw the line? I'm all for being sensitive to other people's problems, but when it gets to the point that you have to carefully choose every word you say like a publicist, I think we've crossed it.

Everyone has had something traumatic happen to them in their life, some worse than others, yes, but I'm not going to fault someone who may not have had the same experiences I have had because they used words or imagery that I may not like.

We have become a nation of wimps looking for a reason to be offended, and it really needs to stop.
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Re: I thought we'd long since learned that using "rape" in any other way,

said by AVonGauss:

It may not be politically correct in today's ultra-sensitive

I'm not saying "You Mustn't" to be PC it certainly is your RIGHT to do so.
It more "you can, but should you?
certainly many of those here are taking it to mean forced sodomy. but more to the point is MOST people are capable of expressing themselves in an equally powerful but less graphic manner. and given the opportunity to NOT use the term which is damaging/hurtful to some (but certainly not the corps. they aim at), WHY would they choose to do so?

It is ok to be kind.
»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape


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Re: poor education

EXACTLY. I'm sick and tired of people who actively seek out things to take offense at, to be offended for, to exaggerate and make mountains out of molehills, and throw a victim mentality in everyone else's faces for their own gain. If you don't like the word "rape" being used in the plunder and pillage sense, the problem is not with the person who used the word rape... the problem is *you*.
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Re: good

The Politically correct crowd sure raped him over that comment, that's for sure.


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Re: He's seems pretty cool in my opinion!!!

said by bigballer :

People may not like him because a CEO shouldn't be "laid back or chill."

But honestly, who cares? I would rather him act like the rest of us "normal people" than one of the "elite"

And that is what it is - AN ACT. He is one of the elite and puts on this act to fool the great unwashed.


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"Screw You Over" would have been a better choice
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Re: I thought we'd long since learned that using "rape" in any other way,

said by tshirt:

IS WRONG.
I thought we'd long since learned that using rape in any other way but the literal sense is trivializing real-life trauma.

Seriously? It may not be politically correct in today's ultra-sensitive (litigious) climate but it most certainly is an understandable way to describe what has been happening and is not trivializing anyone's real-life trauma... The word "rape" does not exclusively refer to a "sexual" act of violence against another.


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I thought we'd long since learned that using "rape" in any other way,

IS WRONG.
I thought we'd long since learned that using rape in any other way but the literal sense is trivializing real-life trauma.
I commend those that called him on it, and am glad he promptly apologized.
One would think a highly paid and well educated CEO could make his point, using relevant terms to the situation he is describing, but perhaps precise English communication skills are no longer important in business school or perhaps his deliberate edgy façade doesn't bother others as much as it does me. (No matter how good his ideas, I sense a low end used car salesman under all that jazz)

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F*ck Verizon & AT&T

He shouldn't have to apologize for shit. They do rape their customers and many times over.