I can't help but weigh in on the Neil French debacle -- if you haven't heard, French, the worldwide creative director of WPP Worldwide (parent to such firms as Grey, Ogilvy & Mather, Red Cell, Y&R, Wunderman, JWT, Hill & Knowlton, etc.) had to resign last Thursday after telling an audience in Toronto that women don't work hard enough and don't deserve the top creative jobs in advertising. Apparently we're not committed enough because we also care about our children or something. No ... I'm not kidding.
Anyway, what really killed me was what he said about resigning in The New York Times on Friday. In an article by Julie Bosman, "Mr. French said he did not regret his remarks, but thought the reaction to them was 'lunacy'. 'I'm extremely sad about it,' said Mr. French, who has been widely pilloried on the Internet. 'Death by blog is not really the way to go.'"
Death by blog?! More like death by being an idiot. What do blogs have to do with what he said and why he resigned? Thank God for blogs, so that we can all be informed of what people really think, especially when those people are in power. There has been no dispute, as far as I can tell, that he said what he said. So if bloggers are incensed and saying so, Amen. Democracy in action. Thanks for nothing, Mr. French, on behalf of myself and creative women everywhere.