After “Racist, Hurtful, Deeply Inappropriate” Rant, CEO Resigns, Enters Anti-Racism Training
Michael Lofthouse, formerly a CEO of Solid8, has resigned his position at the tech consulting company after a video of him shouting a racial tirade went viral. He says that he’s on the road to sobriety, has joined an anti-racist program, and recognizes that his words are harmful to others around him.
Lofthouse can be seen in a viral video going on a racial tirade. It’s not quite clear what he said before the video started, but in the video, a member of the Chan family asks him to say it again, and asks if he’s shy now that a camera is rolling. He shows his middle finger, then standing, declares, “Trump’s gonna f*** you. You f***ing…you f***ers…You f***ing need to leave. You need to leave. You f***ing Asian piece of sh**.” A server appears to tell the man to get out, saying he cannot speak to guests that way. “Who are these f***ers?” he asks.
The video below contains both profanity and racist attacks as well as an offensive gesture, so please view with discretion.
The Washington Post reported earlier this week that, after the video went viral, Michael Lofthouse and his employer were identified, and Lofthouse made a public apology, which his employer shared on Twitter.
Statement from our CEO Michael Lofthouse pic.twitter.com/n3HKO3SUAV
— Solid8 (@Solid8io) July 8, 2020
However, for the family Lofthouse targeted with his rant, this didn’t seem sincere. According to Yahoo News, Lofthouse expressed recognition that association with his outburst was doing harm to his company and associates, and he resigned his position and apologized again, saying that he recognizes the shortcomings of the previous apology and is seeking anti-racist training.