Paypal’s Gay Rights Hypocrisy

I live in North Carolina. I support LGBT rights. I also support the rights of a state’s elected representatives to make rules that I don’t necessarily agree with, such as the law mandating usage of public bathrooms based on the gender one was born with. To complete my libertarian perspective I also support private companies holding states to account for the decisions of their elected representatives, such as Paypal’s decision to boycott the state over the new law.

But when a private company does something like that and announces it for public relations purposes, I think it’s also appropriate to take it to task for blatant hypocrisy and showboating. Paypal does business in countries which treat members of the LGTB community far more harshly. Such as Malaysia. The Washington Times notes:

But Malaysia’s Penal Code 187 — which punishes homosexual conduct with whippings and up to 20 years in prison — did not stop PayPal from opening in 2011 a global operations center there that it estimated would employ 500 workers by 2013.

“We chose Malaysia because of its highly skilled, globally competitive and multilingual workforce, in addition to a world-class business environment and technology infrastructure,” John McCabe, senior vice president for global operations, said at the time.


Paypal and such companies like making popular statements because they enhance their brands with their customers at no cost. Just don’t expect jailed or whipped gays to stand in their way of cheap labor and profits.

Personally, I think the LGBT community in the USA has reached the point of diminishing returns in the USA. There are gays being thrown of buildings in the Middle East, or “non-existing” in Iran. There are plenty of LGBT rights to be gained outside of the USA, but fighting for bathroom rights in NC is laughable while millions of homosexuals still face death elsewhere.

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