Magnificent Tech Star Wonders Why Human Garbage Have To Clog Up SF, Is Not Actually Talking About Other Tech Stars


Today in terrible people in tech, which we really keep meaning to make a regular column post thing, we have this fucking guy. He’s some little Gordon Gekko master of the universe wannabe thought leader hacktivist whatever who’s going to hatesplain how it is just SO HARD for him to walk around the urban poor in San Francisco because of how they’re just so inconvenient and dirty and why can’t they just stay where they belong, which is not near him?

Valleywag points us to the delightful scribblings of one Greg Gopman, who runs some imagineering bullshit company called Angelhack. Gopman, who is not just a tool — he’s the whole tool shed — shared these little bon mots on his Facebook page:

The difference is in other cosmopolitan cities, the lower part of society keep to themselves. They sell small trinkets, beg coyly, stay quiet, and generally stay out of your way. They realize it’s a privilege to be in the civilized part of town and view themselves as guests. And that’s okay.[…]

You can preach compassion, equality, and be the biggest lover in the world, but there is an area of town for degenerates and an area of town for the working class. There is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us.

What is that we don’t even. Degenerates? Is it 1962? Trinkets? What the ever living fuck is WRONG with this guy? Is it too much to wish for that his life just completely crashes down around him a la Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities, except that no one but him gets hurt in the process? We wish for this. We wish for this a lot, especially because this guy runs a company that does hackathons and hackcelrators and we would like to throat-punch him a lot forever.

Also, too, apparently now we are to refer to this asshole and his ilk as “hackstars,” which is now preferable to hacker or maker and certainly better than techie, which is apparently just like being racist to people that hackmakestar like this little gem of a human being.

We don’t know about you, but we would take a thousand poor people over this guy every day. Literally. Like we’d like to pile one thousand poor people on this guy every day until he shuts up forever.


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  • Hammiepants

    I want to hit him in the face with a Commodore 64. What an insufferable goatblowing assclown.

    • HogeyeGrex

      He’s such a hackstar, he ought to be smacked with a PDP-7.

  • Timothy Wright Art

    Geee. He reminds me of someone. “At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge, … it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir.””Are there no prisons?””Plenty of prisons…””And the Union workhouses.” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?””Both very busy, sir…””Those who are badly off must go there.””Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.””If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

  • Pat_Pending

    I’ll take a martini, and a vinegar-and-water for the douche here…

  • Pat_Pending

    Oh, and I betcha he ain’t a local.

    • Pat_Pending

      Yep, just checked his FB ‘apology’ and he’s from Florida. Douche-y-douche-douche.

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      • Ambignostic

        Was it a poisoned apology? Of course it was.

      • splashy79

        Figures. Florida has sections for the wealthy and sections for the “help” with no one in between class wise. Haves and have-nots, and the have-nots better not be underfoot!

  • x111e7thst

    Back when it was called Hell’s Kitchen guys like this would sometimes get knocked down. So their teeth ended up right on the curb. And the the backs of their heads would get stepped on.

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  • Yep.

    SOMEONE’S been reading their Dickens.

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  • willi0000000

    ooooh Snipy.happy nice time indeed!this is exactly the kind of [insert appropriate term] that the dope-slap was invented for.[sorry, vocabulary (usually quite extensive) fails me here]

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  • Yep.

    “Financeer” = Euphemism for Serious Asshole.”Wannabe Financeer” = Euphemism for Worthless Asshole.

  • msanthropesmr

    It’s becoming difficult to say who will go up against the wall first.

    • $73376667

      Gonna need a bigger wall.

  • Lizernst

    Retaliate. Shower San Francisco’s homeless wit love.

  • mike


  • Also it’s probably not worth pointing out that it doesn’t sound like he’s actually been to any other cosmopolitan city, unless he thinks he got an accurate image of New York City from Nora Ephron movies.

  • Ambignostic

    “Hackstars” are people who are really good at hacky-sack. You know, stoners.

  • Neocortex

    I shared this with my techie friends in SF (I am a techie on the East Coast) and their reactions were all pretty much “This Gopman guy, what an incredible douche.” (based on these comments, I mean – none of them know him personally, though one knew a couple of people who know him)

  • tchowski

    All he meant to say was that those filthy poor should get jobs like him so they could eat $70 burgers from a restaurant that last week served $8 burgers, and that their disgusting stench disturbs his nostrils so he’s going to run them over with his Google bus so they die in the streets like the ratfolk they are. You totally misinterpreted it!

  • $34357535

    Williston, the little turd of a Florida town I lived in until about 1983, had his dream set-up; all the black people lived on the other side of the tracks and that was known as “N****rtown.” Guess what? I didn’t make things better for either side.

    • splashy79

      Yes, the “help” live in their own part of town. I grew up in Florida, and it was that way in just about every town.

  • JoeMax

    “Sir, I know the working class, I am a friend of the working class, and you, sir, are not working class.”

  • stepped pyramids

    May Gopman’s sleep be forever haunted by the sound of approaching tumbrels.

  • Obot 50549535

    Obviously the guy wanted to generate some publicity for his fad-that’s-jumped-the-shark company. Thanks for helping.