Microsoft under fire over ‘Catholic schoolgirl’ erotic dancers
Computer software giant Microsoft has come under heavy criticism after it was revealed that they had hired women in extremely tiny Catholic schoolgirl outfits to dance at one of their corporate events this week.
The company addressed its much-publicised gender hiring issues in the worst way possible by booking scantily clad ‘Irish Catholic schoolgirls’ for its St Patrick’s Day party at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The company, which on its website states the aim of “recognising and encouraging technical women,” hired the dancers for an after-party attended by mostly male professionals from the gaming industry, which is also struggling with gender equity and misogyny problems.
Pictures and videos of the event, which had proceeded a “Women in Gaming Luncheon” organised by the tech giant, showed women wearing mini-skirts and crop tops dancing on podiums.
The women were also told to “speak with attendees and encourage them to the dance floor,” according to some who were present.
Some of those at the event took to social media to say they were “very disappointed,” while others said they would be lodging complaints with Microsoft.
Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, addressed the “unfortunate events” in a statement on the company’s website, stating that it “did not reflect the core values and beliefs of Xbox” and that it was “absolutely not consistent or aligned” with the company’s values.
“I know we disappointed many people, and I’m personally committed to holding ourselves to higher standards,” said Mr Spencer.
Hopefully Mr Spencer is also aware that this kind of inappropriate stunt is offensive not only to those concerned about gender equality, but to many Catholics as well!Tags: catholic, microsoft