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A woke Universal Music Group worker claims he was fired for “speaking up” about abortion rights — after he admitted he refused to work because he was in “mourning” over the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Michael Lopez, a production coordinator at Universal Music Enterprises, blasted the company as “anti-gay” for terminating a “queer brown person” during Pride Month for “speaking up in defense of abortion rights,” according to a lengthy note on LinkedIn that went viral last week.

The article goes on to state the following:

“Last Friday, like countless other folks, I was devastated by the news of the supreme court’s [sic] attack on abortion rights,” Lopez wrote.


Below is the text of Lopez’s entire LinkedIn post:

I’m a queer brown person and I was fired during Pride month for speaking up in defense of abortion rights at Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) (a subsidiary of Universal Music Group).

Last Friday, like countless other folks, I was devastated by the news of the supreme court’s attack on abortion rights. Paired with the flood of anti-queer and anti-trans legislation, it’s been hard to process how company’s expect us to be productive while our rights are being stripped away. Especially when our company has been donating to several of these politicians (link in comments).

Every Friday, one of my tasks was to process reports for upcoming releases. This is an email list that goes out to 275 people. I don’t know who’s on it, I just knew it was the email list with the most people that I had access to. So I sent the following message:

Subject line: UMe Schedules
Message:

I didn’t do them today.

I’m in mourning due to the attack on people with uteruses in the US. Federally guaranteed access to abortion is gone.

Vivendi and Universal Music Group must stop donating to anti-abortion, anti-queer and anti-trans politicians. Politicians like Marsha Blackburn, Ken Buck, Victoria Spartz, etc. Or expect more unproductive days.

Yours in fury,
-Michael Lopez

The immediate aftermath was several supportive emails from other co-workers and a manager calling to tell me to take the rest of the day off. I appreciate the love from my coworkers, and I figured, based on management’s response, there was a good possibility I might be fired as a result. But I was proud of letting allies know that our company has been donating to these politicians.

Around 9:30-ish today, I got a surprise Zoom video chat with HR. I was being let go for (paraphrasing) “Not doing your job, disrupting the day of 275 people and poor judgement.” I was told to log out and that a courier would be there to pick up my laptop from my apartment within the hour.

Anticipating that I’d get shut out of my computer very soon, I sent a follow up to the email list:

Hey ya’ll,

Just got fired for this email from Friday, so they’re letting you know where they stand on employees speaking out on politicians that support marginalization for folks like me.

A brown queer person terminated during Pride month speaking in support of abortion rights. Seems like that’s exactly what America is all about right now.

Peace out,
-Michael Lopez

I don’t speak for my former company. I speak for myself and employees that will suffer under these discriminatory laws.

Their actions today, their silence on Friday are indicative of their motivations. Profit at all costs. Solidarity, only if it’s profitable. And above all of that is maintaining the status quo and saying fuck you to the working class.

Because that’s what happened today.

#pride #pridemonth #lgbtq #musicisuniversal #abortion #abortionrights

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27 COMMENTS

  1. Good. Don’t mourn anything about me. I used my feminine parts the way God designed. I have two beautiful children. I used proper birth control. Try it you will be much happier. You don’t have to try it on with everyone you meet. If a man does not respect that then he is far too selfish and not meant for you

  2. Yet another person ignorant of what Roe vs Wade actually stated. All the Supreme Court did was send the issue (and rightly so) back to the States. Each state now makes the decisions about what can or will be offered (or not). I am all for reducing the amount of time the federal government spends in my life. Anyone who doesn’t like what their own state offers is free to simply go to a different state. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, to quote The Bard.

  3. Sounds like you got for not doing your job you were hired to do. Pride month had nothing to do with it. If you had done your job you’d still be working. More companies need to do this. It’s there prerogative to fire people who refuse to work.

  4. No work, no pay. That is how it works buddy. Keep your personal life to yourself instead of pouting at work about something your boss was not involved in.

  5. I don’t think you’re color or sexual orientation matter in the slightest. If you’re stupid, you’re stupid!

  6. AND, UMe, DO NOT BACK DOWN. Never overturn your decision to rid your ranks of that whining little be-itch! He should have been thankful for his opportunity to work for you and done his research. Where are all these “anti-gay” laws he is spewing on about? How absurd!!!

  7. Wow, he’s really playing up the fact that he’s special and should get special treatment and not have to do his job when he doesn’t feel like it.

  8. What liberals don’t understand is that you don’t express personal opinions in a business email. It’s not discrimination. It’s a violation of company code. It’s a valid reason for termination.

  9. No work no job, that’s how it works dude. You want to cry about the injustice in the world do it at home on your time. Your employer had nothing to do with it.

  10. Omg, your getting fired had zero to do with your being gay or brown. It was about not having an excuse to slack off for the day. I’m guessing you have been written up before, because 1 strike rarely gets fired…..so what else didn’t you show up for?

  11. You were fired for not doing your job. Period. No one cares about your political or personal life. All employers want is to you to come to work and do your job!

  12. Pride month should be eliminated. I don’t care who or what they do but keep it out of the workplace and out of my life. It’s vulgar to flaunt sex. That’s a private matter between two people.

  13. Mourn on your time, not the company’s clock, dumbass. You go there to perform tasks and jobs, not to voice your personal grievances.

  14. He got what he deserved when he didn’t show up for work. Then he misrepresented himself in the emails. Mourn on your own time and man up.

  15. IGNORANT FUCKING LIBTARD!

    YOUR ARE NOT PARTOF THE WORKING CLASS! YOU ARE PART OF THE GRIEVANCE AND PROTESTING CLASS!

    YOU GOT EXACTLY WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN

  16. Hey, when you have a job you work. If you don’t work you get fired. Plain and simple. Now, go mourn jobless. Nobody cares. There are more serious problems in the world than you crying over something as ridiculous as this. Women have choices, they just choose wrong choices. You don’t want a baby… use protection, tie your tubes, or have a hysterectomy. Be responsible. You sir, are just an attention seeker. Looks like you got the attention you wanted.

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