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Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:19 AM

My Behavior In The Video Is Appalling'; Tech CEO Michael Lofthouse Captured In Video Berating Asian

Source: CBS News

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Silicon Valley tech CEO Michael Lofthouse issued an apology late Tuesday for his behavoir captured on a viral video delivering vulgar and racist comments toward an Asian family celebrating a birthday at a restaurant in Carmel Valley.

In a statement issued to the Daily Mail and other media, Lofthouse said he lost control of his emotions.

“My behavior in the video is appalling,” the statement read. “This was clearly a moment where I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments. I would like to deeply apologize to the Chan family. I can only imagine the stress and pain they feel. I was taught to respect people of all race and I will take the time to reflect on my actions and work to better understand the inequality that so many of those around me face every day.”

The video originally posted on Instagram shows a man cursing and gesturing with his middle finger at the family at the Bernardus Lodge and Spa’s Lucia restaurant.

Read more: https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/07/07/racist-comments-asian-family-viral-video-san-francisco-tech-ceo-michael-lofthouse/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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Reply My Behavior In The Video Is Appalling'; Tech CEO Michael Lofthouse Captured In Video Berating Asian (Original post)
brooklynite Jul 8 OP
Maeve Jul 8 #1
The Magistrate Jul 9 #49
Sanity Claws Jul 8 #2
enough Jul 8 #3
Akakoji Jul 8 #10
mwb970 Jul 8 #14
lagomorph777 Jul 8 #27
forgotmylogin Jul 8 #35
mdbl Jul 8 #4
Evolve Dammit Jul 8 #5
bucolic_frolic Jul 8 #6
blueinredohio Jul 8 #7
onetexan Jul 8 #30
Phoenix61 Jul 8 #37
Steelrolled Jul 8 #44
CurtEastPoint Jul 8 #8
dalton99a Jul 8 #21
CurtEastPoint Jul 8 #25
JI7 Jul 8 #28
CurtEastPoint Jul 8 #36
jrthin Jul 8 #39
captain queeg Jul 8 #9
lagomorph777 Jul 8 #29
onetexan Jul 8 #32
ToxMarz Jul 8 #11
mwb970 Jul 8 #12
getagrip_already Jul 8 #13
MrScorpio Jul 8 #15
JI7 Jul 8 #16
Laffy Kat Jul 8 #17
marie999 Jul 8 #18
dalton99a Jul 8 #19
UpInArms Jul 8 #20
2naSalit Jul 8 #22
dalton99a Jul 8 #24
onetexan Jul 8 #33
IronLionZion Jul 8 #23
skypilot Jul 8 #31
onetexan Jul 8 #34
Grokenstein Jul 8 #42
captain queeg Jul 8 #43
JI7 Jul 8 #26
kimbutgar Jul 8 #38
Steelrolled Jul 8 #46
Miguelito Loveless Jul 8 #40
zentrum Jul 8 #41
Talitha Jul 8 #45
rockfordfile Jul 8 #47
Girl powers Jul 8 #48

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:21 AM

1. In vino veritas

You told us who you really are.

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Response to Maeve (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 05:14 AM

49. I Like A James McMurtry Line, Ma'am

A stanza from 'Too Long in the Wasteland':


"I never intended to break the rules, but whiskey don't make liars, it just makes fools. So I didn't mean to say it. But I meant what I said."


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:23 AM

2. Did he drive home drunk?

Or was he staying at the lodge?
Anyway he sounds like a reprehensible person.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:25 AM

3. Strange idea that when you "lose control," racism is what comes out. NT

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Response to enough (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:48 AM

10. Isn't that so true!

He is unforgiven. Was he just controlling his toxicity?

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Response to enough (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:54 AM

14. At least he didn't say he was "joking" like trump would.

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Response to enough (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:27 AM

27. That jumped out at me too. Like it's a demon in his head, constantly pressuring him.

This guy should be ousted immediately by his board. Not CEO material.

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Response to enough (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:40 AM

35. Under stress, the true voice emerges.

I learned this from my language teacher in high school who had spoken mostly English for decades and told us about the time he fell from his bike and broke an ankle in public. He couldn't comprehend at first why bystanders helping him couldn't understand what he was saying. He said he thought "Don't they understand English?" and realized he wasn't speaking English - he was babbling in Spanish due to shock and pain.

It's a reflex to revert to base instinct under duress and revealing how this also applies to closet racists.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:29 AM

4. The apology isn't enough

He has some lifelong penance to do and doesn't deserve to be head of a company.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:31 AM

5. not buying it. Damage control. He's a rascist a-hole or he would not have done that. Drunk or sober.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:31 AM

6. Many others have been fired for such

BOD needs to act.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:31 AM

7. My sister's saying "a drunk mans words are a sober mans thoughts"

So evidently he feels that way he just wouldn't say it unless he's drunk. Being ceo I certainly hope he lost his job.

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:34 AM

30. the SOB's company needs to kick him to the curb. if it's his own company clients need to bail

DISGRACEFUL POS!!

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:05 AM

37. You got a smart sister.

The whole “He was drunk” as an excuse for bad behavior is bs. Alcohol just lets whatever is inside escape to the outside for all to see. It doesn’t make people angry, it just lets the anger out.

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:24 AM

44. If you worked for certain large corporations in the late 20th century

you would have the "opportunity" to attend training where the goal was for everyone to admit some degree of racism. It was several days of intense interaction by skilled instructors, and of course people resisted to varying degrees. There was validity to the concept of the training, but I don't think it could be done today.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:37 AM

8. And allegedly, this lovely exchange AFTER the video got out

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:17 AM

21. +1. Michael Lofthouse is a hardcore white supremacist

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #21)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:23 AM

25. And sadly, British. I hate that. I know it's everywhere but I always think the Brits are kind.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #25)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:29 AM

28. most are but look at how Meghan markle was treated and had to leave

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Response to JI7 (Reply #28)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:45 AM

36. Yes.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #25)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:11 AM

39. Not really. There are many who are not racists, but....

What we see with many Brits and others as well, are their front door faces, and not their backdoor faces. Brexit was in large part an appeal to their racism. Also, I have British friends who are Jewish, and couldn't wait to flee when they hit their teens because of the flagrant anti-semitism.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:45 AM

9. Realized it was going to cost him financially.

Whatever a “tech CEO” does, I’m thinking he’s lost some business.

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Response to captain queeg (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:29 AM

29. Most likely will be fired in short order.

Can't afford this crap in corporate America, especially SIlicon Valley.

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Response to captain queeg (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:36 AM

32. i hope all the company's clients bail to teach this racist a lesson if they don't kick him out

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:51 AM

11. Those are some deeply held beliefs.

Reflecting on his behavior isn't gonna help other than maybe learn to hide them better in public.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:53 AM

12. He won't change.

This attitude is in his DNA.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:53 AM

13. Woops - did that get recorded? Time to invoke the PR crisis plans...

Now the public company is going to spend millions on PR efforts to protect "his" racist brand. Of course, if he gets forced out, trump will just make him ambassador to some asian country he doesn't care about.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:54 AM

15. Nobody with any sense believes this garbage

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:01 AM

16. fuck him

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:01 AM

17. He got caught. nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:03 AM

18. That was a very nice apology.

Too bad he didn't mean it.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:06 AM

19. Evidently white immigrants are inherently superior and have a right to tell POC to leave



Michael Lofthouse is Trump trash


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:10 AM

20. I am certain that his behavior is appalling

Whether it is videoed or not ...

I despise the “sorry you caught me on tape” apologies...

smh

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Response to UpInArms (Reply #20)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:18 AM

22. Yup. It's all bs...

He never would have attacked those people if he didn't have those thoughts already.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #22)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:22 AM

24. Unprovoked

Chan adds for context that this was at her grandmother’s (or aunt's) birthday dinner. “We were celebrating my tita’s birthday, literally just singing happy birthday to her and taking pictures, when this white supremacist starts yelling disgusting racist remarks at us,” she posted on the Insta, adding the Lofthouse’s remarks also included “(‘Fuck you Asians’ ‘Go back to whatever fucking Asian country you’re from’ ‘You don’t belong here’).”


“I’ve dealt with racism before but never on that scale,” Chan told KPIX 5. “Never on the level where somebody completely unprovoked felt obligated to voice their hatred for absolutely no reason.”


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Response to dalton99a (Reply #24)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:37 AM

33. So glad this young lady used her phone camera to capture the exchange - it's our best weapon!!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:20 AM

23. When wealthy educated deplorables say "Trump's going to fuck you"

What do they think that means?

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #23)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:34 AM

31. Trump's going to fuck you...

...is the one correct thing he said.

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Response to skypilot (Reply #31)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:38 AM

34. Come November we'll make sure to screw both the Idiot, his enablers & rabid followers

they'll get what's coming to them.

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Response to skypilot (Reply #31)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:58 AM

42. Surprise, trumpkins!

We fuck BACK.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #23)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:10 AM

43. I guess they view trump as an orange dildo. Small dildo of course.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:25 AM

26. I thought he had an accent and found out he is from the UK

racist white trash thinks they have more right to the US than American minorities.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:05 AM

38. And San Francisco has such a large Asian population it's hard to believe he is such a racist living

And working here.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #38)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:22 PM

46. You think there aren't loads of racist people living in SF?

As I mentioned in another comment, there are (were) corporate training programs that more-or-less would get everyone to admit they had some racist thoughts and behaviors. It was intense and emotionally draining for many. The ultimate goal of the training was to get people to recognize racism in themselves, and control it.

Humans stereotype by nature, and racism is an extension of that.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:16 AM

40. Well, apparently

what you were "taught" didn't take. You not only felt that you could say the vile things you did, you had NO fear of being recorded saying them.

Go work in a soup kitchen and clean trash from the streets for the next few years, then come back and tell us what you have learned.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:16 AM

41. "I'm so sorry I showed

…..you who I really am. I can usually keep myself under wraps."

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:46 AM

45. He regrets getting caught, but isn't 'sorry' for anything.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:47 PM

47. boycott his company

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 03:45 PM

48. Re: Michael Lofthouse

Let’s deport him. He’s not worthy. G

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