Legere apologizes for rape comment during yesterday’s Uncarrier announcement

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During last night’s Uncarrier announcement, John Legere’s language was as colorful as it always is. Dropping f-bombs, bulls**ts and all manner of other expletives – save the really graphic ones – in an effort to show how evil and old-fashioned his competitors are. But, he went a little too far when he referred to the way other carriers treat their customers.

Referring to AT&T and Verizon, he commented “These high and mighty duopolists that are raping you for every penny you have. The f—ers hate you.

His point: That the other carriers aren’t interested in saving you money. That they are operating like old fashioned utility companies, not modern day, data-centric operators. On his Twitter account earlier today, he apologized for his language:

His apology is sincere, and I’m sure we can safely assume his use of the word was never intended to be taken literally.

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  • The Man

    Hey Cam, just wanted to say I’m pleasantly surprised by all the articles you’ve posted these last few days! I know there isn’t always much news, and people bash you for not posting anything, but I’m glad to see that when there is big news you’re right on top of it! Keep up the good work! :-)

    • Mike Goetz

      It’s really too bad that we had to wait till the next day to get information from him though. He couldn’t even stay up to do his JOB. Alex had to fill in and put up some rough articles to fill the gap. I had to go elsewhere for an explanation of what happened. I don’t even know why I still come here, it’s a habit I guess. Time to remove the bookmark.

      • Mike

        Get over yourself.

      • Gnashy

        k…

      • itguy08

        You do have a point there. I was online last night around 9pm and remembered the Tmo announcement. What better place to have a line blog than a site called TmoNews. Came here and nothing. Went over to the Engadget and got the news.

        One would think TmoNews would have someone covering the event.

        Heck, for Apple events, all the sites send someone. Many sent someone to the Amazon let down yesterday.

        • Cam Bunton

          I don’t have live-blogging capabilities, but we’re hoping to get one installed for future events.

        • Mike Goetz

          You could have at least WATCHED the live webcast of the event as it was happening, taken a few notes, and written a quick article outlining what went on. There was nothing from you till the next day. That’s kind of sad.

        • Cam Bunton

          That’s exactly what Alex did… I knew I wouldn’t be around because of the timing and arranged cover.

        • Mike Goetz

          That’s the problem. You’re conveniently “not around” when anything in the T-mobile news world happens. You’re at least a day late on everything that happens. You know why? It’s all because you’re in the wrong time zone. You said right from the get go that you were used to the time difference and you operated on US time. That obviously is NOT the case. If you can’t do your job, move on.

        • Cam Bunton

          lol.. Okay.

        • Mike Goetz

          Glad you take your job seriously.

        • Cam Bunton

          Oh, I do. I work across 3 of PhoneDog Media’s sites. It keeps me busy 10 hours a day, week in, week out, keeps me from having vacations, sometimes keeps me up until gone midnight.

          I just don’t take what you’re saying seriously.

    • Cam Bunton

      Thanks “The Man”. Appreciate your kind words.

  • notyourbusiness

    I actually don’t find this offensive at all. One of my friends has used the rape analogy a bit in the past about her old unlimited plan on T-Mobile, in fact. She had the $79.99 per month plan and was getting charged something like $95 after taxes and would tell me that they “rape” her.

  • Paul

    He used it correctly per the 4th definition of the word “rape” and doesn’t need to apologize:

    Rape; noun
    1. the unlawful compelling of a person through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse.
    2. any act of sexual intercourse that is forced upon a person.
    3. statutory rape.
    4. an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation: the rape of the countryside.
    5. Archaic. the act of seizing and carrying off by force.

    However, it is classy of him to acknowledge it’s possible, yet extreme, offensiveness even though he used it correctly. This is a case of where people jump to a conclusion without thinking first. Just because “rape” is associated with sexual misconduct doesn’t mean there aren’t any other definitions.

    • Matt

      He should not have to apologize. AT&T and Verizon do rape their customers.

    • The Man

      Paul thank you for being an educated individual, if there were more people like you in this world, the world would be a better place to live! My hero of the day!

      • Paul

        Well thank you very much.

        I know there are situations and occasion where we need to be aware of what we say and how we say it. The general public needs to also think before they speak and make sure they are in the right. Sadly, it’s far too common that people assume something without even checking to see if they are right.

        All I had to do was google “rape” and dictionary dot com gives you these definitions. Then again, it only takes one person to get offended.

        I appreciate the compliment, and I certainly try to contribute to the conversations here.

    • 21stNow

      I disagree with the word being used according to the fourth definition. I am a customer of both AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless. Not once in 21 combined years of being their customer have they ever used violence towards me. I have not been abused or violated, either. An educated consumer can choose the plan to fit his or her needs in order to avoid overage charges on any carrier.

      This exaggeration of the “bad” points of AT&T and VZW is unnecessary to get the point across that T-Mobile is “better”. Mr. Legere can emphasize T-Mobile’s strong points without having to sensationalize the competition’s weak points.

      • kalel33

        The 4th definition doesn’t consist off all those meanings. That’s why there’s an “or” in the definition. Any of those can be considered as rape, which in Legere’s point would be plundering.

        • 21stNow

          The definition of plunder (verb) is to “steal goods from (a place or person), typically using force and in a time of war or civil disorder.”

          Neither AT&T Mobility nor Verizon Wireless steal money from their customers. Also, we are not at a time of war or civil disorder. The fourth definition still doesn’t stand in Mr. Legere’s use of the word rape.

  • S. Ali

    I don’t see any reason he should apologize, since he isn’t saying anything that isn’t true. Verizon and ATT forcibly take money from their customers via overages, activation fees, contracts, and upgrade fees. Either pay up or deal with no service. If you have poor service they don’t care. Extortion may have been the better word but it does feel like you have no choice.

    • Paul

      YES! “Extortion” would have a good word!

      • Mike

        Actually, the word he used is exactly the right word given the colofrul language he was using. Extortion would have been too tame.

    • Jared

      Yeah I agree, that’s the word that came to mind when I read the comment. People being raped don’t have a choice . Wireless customers do get to choose where they spend their money. I’m curious if the comment would get the same response coming from a woman. I’m sure by far less people… if any.

  • NinoBr0wn

    Lmao

  • Guest

    Yeah, i didn’t take to kindly to that comment.

  • lvr

    Crazy nuts. Lol

  • Js__

    I agree with Stefan Constantine on this one “John says, in public, the shit that many of us say in private. That’s why he gets attention. Don’t throw rocks at him for doing that.”

  • Andrew

    Anyone who is educated enough on the word (and in general) knows that it triggers various haunting images. Someone who has been raped views that word differently than someone who has not, so I’m glad he apologized.

  • Matt

    Once T-Mobile’s coverage improves in my area, I’ll gladly come back.

  • Nathan S.

    I don’t really like that kind of talking or think it is really needed. However, I do not think he said anything that was all that terrible. He did not threaten anyone with rape specifically. Sure he cursed but come on, lets be adult here and not get our panties all in a bunch and go around acting like little spoiled brats with virgin ears. People these days are just so sensitive and overly easily offended. Sheesh. Lets put on our grownup pants and move on with your day.

  • Aurizen

    Well he’s right. Their prices are raping you.

    • twicetheprice

      Yup, even with the apology it doesn’t mean he’s wrong.

  • CJ Jacobs

    John Legere is a clown. His antics are seriously starting to wear thin. Fix the giant coverage holes on T-Mobile coverage and cut out the theatrics.

    • TechHog

      He is fixing those… Seriously, why do so many of you think that all it takes is flipping a switch to get the entire country covered?

    • Long Island Steven

      I wouldn’t call it theatrics. More like raw and unfiltered.

      And I love it.

  • hanfeedback

    I watched the whole thing live and when I heard him make the rape comment I knew there would be some feminist hacks complaining about it. Noone is for rape, with that being said I am FAR MORE offended by the constant PC, speech police trotting out their victim hood everytime someone utters a word they dont like.

    • UMA_Fan

      Its all about context. Its not incorrect, from a language perspective, to apply the word rape the way he used. The sex crime association of the word rape is a cultural issue.

      • http://www.zenlikeben.com/ GoodOmens

        “The sex crime association of the word rape is a cultural issue.”

        Um, it’s also part of definition of the word. Poor choice of words on his part.

        • דקס וויליאמס

          No its definitely a cultural issue. There’s many definitions to that word. He used the word properly. If you choose to focus on the definition that is clearly not meant then being offended is also a choice. To rape, means to plunder, take by force. Like raping a country side. Doesn’t mean your physically sticking your member in it. Means ur taking objects by force from it. So yes cultural issue has made forceful sex the main definition come to mind. Where less than 1000 years ago it meant to take from.

      • Paul

        GoodOmens is right, he used it correctly per one of the several definitions of the word “rape.”

  • guest

    For those of you that think that Verizon or At&t is “raping” their customers. Why don’t you ask rape survivors if they would compare the gross over charges these companies charge is comparable to the violent, disgusting acts that happened to them

    • TechHog

      T-Mobile is killing it… Wait.
      T-Mobile is beating the… Wait.
      Ledger sure burned the other… Wait.

      Um… T-Mobile is doing stuff. ._.

    • jaylanPHNX

      For those of you who want to take every word said in the most literal and harshest sense possible in order to indulge your self-righteous finger wagging, why don’t you go f$&* yourselves?! I refuse to live in a society where hyperbole, exaggeration, metaphor, and poetic license are beaten out of us by the thuggish mobs of the tyrannical thought police.

      • jaylanphnxsucksdick

        You’ve never been raped, have you?

        • jaylanPHNX

          No. And I totally reject the bullshit notion that only victims are allowed to have a voice. Words have multiple meanings and more than one connotation. People who deliberately misinterpret a person’s meaning in order to claim maximum offended status…there’s a word for them too: assholes.

        • GinaDee

          Then I guess you wouldn’t mind being called a hypocritical Tea Bagger. Half the posters on this board are probably not white and they would hate the “white’s are the real victims” sh$% comments that you post all over the web from your libertarian conspiratorial soapbox at the Daily Caller.

        • jaylanPHNX

          I was wondering how long it would take for someone to, rather than countering my argument, simply try to shut me down by calling me a racist. That was actually faster than I thought it would be. But by doing so, you’ve basically conceded that my point is valid, so thanks for that.
          And for the record, I’ve never in my life said whites are the real victims. Nor do I have any soapbox at The Daily Caller (a website I’ve visited maybe a handful of times, if that). Nice to know that you think you know me, and that you can pigeonhole me into a nice little straw man that you can easily hate (cause that’s not at all what real bigots do /s).

        • GinaDee

          Disagreeing with you does not concede your point. Calling you out for being a bigot does.

          John Legere puts on a puppet show (just like Hannity and Beck) because he knows the kids want to hear it. It’s like throwing red meat to a pack of undomesticated dogs. Difference between your right wing ideology and T-Mobile is one has better national coverage than the other.

          Even he knows when a line is crossed. He apologized on his own will for making a stupid comparison.

        • lukash kowcz

          oh man you are a perfect example for the reason of the downfall in this country, stupid PC police, this country is becoming filled with a bunch of whiners and complainers and not to mention a bunch of liberal commies, if you don’t like it then get the hell out of this country! Whatever and no matter what people say America is the best country to live in period!

        • GinaDee

          You must like living with with liberal commies then. This is the best country on earth I agree!

        • lukash kowcz

          by the way Daily Caller is a good website the gives accurate information and not the BS MSLSD (MSNBC) gives you

        • FormerTmoUSPloyee

          +9999999

    • FormerTmoUSPloyee

      I have two friends who were rape victims, stop being part of the problem and being part of the solution, the solution being forgiveness, if someone apologized without being publicly told to there’s no reason to make a big deal of it, they saw the error in their words and that’s all there is to it. Some of you people have nothing better to do than just complain and whine about everything possible.

  • HothTron

    Well they are indeed “raping” our consumer wallets and personal budgets by being “F—-ers”

  • sushimane

    he’s just being real and spiting out facts.

  • trife

    Plenty of other inoffensive ways to get his point across, IMO. Poor choice of words, although his underlying point is noted and appreciated.

    Btw, I hate how people jump to the conclusion that he was forced to apologize. Maybe someone said something, he realized he said something that could be deemed as offensive and he was the bigger man and stepped forward to offer an apology. Also, you’re free to think whatever you want, and if you don’t find the term rape offensive….cool. But when you’re in the public forum, you CAN be called out for stuff like that and there isn’t anything wrong with it. John is free to say whatever he wants, as are any of us. But that doesn’t mean he or any of us are free from the repercussions of our words that we voice in the public forum. So please spare me the freedom of speech sob stories.

  • anon

    words and phrases far worse than ‘rape’ in a non-literal form are commonplace in cyberspace

    • trife

      Very true.

      However, John is a CEO and face of a company who used a term that some find offensive while in the public forum. They’re two entirely different things.

      The internet isn’t real life and quite frankly, you can expect to read far worse words and phrases than rape during a daily perusing of the interwebz. We don’t expect it from CEOs during media events. Nor should we.

      The cursing doesn’t bother me in the least–those are made up words that someone one day decided were bad. But tying the greed of AT&T and VZW to the word rape? Rapes are real life occurrences that scar people around the world on a daily basis. Not sure those negative images are what one wants to conjure up when trying to sell their product, which is why he apologized. Yes, we all know that he meant no harm with those words, and we all know the point he was trying to get across. But that doesn’t make it okay.

      • FormerTmoUSPloyee

        You’re part of the problem with this country, people need to stop being so sensitive and take everything personal. It feels like we are becoming the country of whiny people. The guy apologized that’s all there is too it, stop making it seem worse than it actually was.

        • Kel

          Actually, you’re what’s the problem with this country. Stop telling people how they should feel, people are people and may be upset by such loose usage of a serious problem.

        • kalel33

          That “loose” usage has been in place since the first time the word “rape” was used. A very small minority can be upset but them being upset shouldn’t change the dictionary.

        • Ryan

          I would say that it can change it over time, but considering half the definitions are about seizing or taking something and the other half are the sexual definition and (looking at the etymology of the word) that the word went along two different paths with two different meanings based on the same root and then when put into English merged into the same word I would say that right now either should be accepted. It is part of being an educated adult to know what words mean and what their meanings change to based on context and I would say since we still in common usage (though many consider it slang even though it is not) use the word rape with the non-sexual meaning that that definition of it is still alive even though people seem to be loudly trying to make people only consider the sexual definition of it.

        • trife

          Hey idiot, he apologized for a reason. And last I checked, there were no feminist groups pounding on his door for an apology. Maybe HE thought what he said could be taken in a light that was worse than he meant.

          And I’m the problem? No, people like you who don’t think critically and react emotionally are the problem.

        • Tom&Jerry

          Yes but his apology doesn’t give those who lost their jobs over these kinds of comments back their jobs, and I guarantee you that he will not be calling them giving them their jobs back. Hell, he just makes the code of conduct, but he is not required to live it, as its just made for the front line. I have had to terminate employees over these kinds of comments, yet its ok for him to just blast these things out like its not an issue. Equality in the work place sucks at T-Mobile and I am sure there are a lot of former tmobile employees really pissed off right now.

  • Long Island Steven

    I was genuinely entertained by Legere’s presentation. He’s probably the best CEO since Steve Jobs. Mark my words.

    • Allen Enriquez

      Love it!

  • Rj

    Ppl in the US are too sensitive… “He can use better words” … He’s a grown @ss man let him use whatever words he wants… As long as he’s not hurting anybody there’s shouldn’t be a problem… “oh but he hurt their feelings” fk ur feelings this is about phone service not feelings.

    • 21stNow

      Two things. One, Mr. Legere said that people have strong feelings regarding their cell phone usage throughout the presentation. Two, if we go along with your theory that this is about phone service and not feelings, rape has nothing to do with phone service either so the reference was at best, out of place.

  • Jesse James

    unless you are verizon and att….. anyone he offended is an oversensitive douche bag

    • trife

      Or someone that has been raped (not speaking personally).

      • kalel33

        I was raped in my divorce(which is grammatically correct), but I don’t have a problem with it.

  • ProudPapa

    Good grief. Look it up. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/rape?s=t Specifically, look at definition 7 and 8, which apply to what he was saying. I don’t like that he uses vulgarities personally, because I think it’s unprofessional, but in this case, he used the word correctly. Sexual rape is a VERY horrible thing, and if he was making light of that, then we might have a problem. Why does everyone make everything about sex?

    This political correctness is absurd. I am offended that people are offended.

  • hanfeedback

    Sure wish these spinsters who created this fake outrage would just take care of their cats in their basement and stay isolated to tumblr.

    • Jethro

      Fake Spinsters!!! I am not a fake spinster, I used to bleed Magenta until I was terminated over false comments I never made, as Magenta now have a CEO who publicly makes unprofessional comments and still sits atop the company. This is a travesty where people are treated unfairly in the work place while their leadership gets to say what they want when they want, and employ at will people who they control not to make these kinds of remarks. I think he needs to step down as the company now proves that it doesn’t follow equality laws in the work place. Cant get better proof for an EEOC complaint than this!!

      • hanfeedback

        I know you’re not a fake spinster, you’re a real one.

        • Jethro

          Well you must be ok with “RAPE”!!!! if you had a daughter who was raped you would not be trolling these pages making reference to this comment, and I can promise you, as the other person made comment above that T-Mobile has equality issues in the work place and employees are terminated over these kinds of things yet its ok for him to tout himself as one who has no filter or allowed to have no filter is a disgrace to other quality leadership that has morals and values who wouldn’t shame their company in this manor. How would you feel if you got fired for doing something that your CEO is doing. I bet you would be pissed off. I do not think there is room for anyone in leadership to make these comments. If a NFL player or a NBA Player made these comments, they would have been fined THOUSANDS of $$$

        • Yardie D

          No they would not. Your judgment is clouded by what unfairly happened to you. I agree his past comments & your experience in the Tmo workplace is unfair but using this rape comment incident is an over reach. The word rape can be used in this context as many has pointed out here. I have had a member of my immediate family raped sexually & am offended by these fake outrage. People need to get a better command of the English language, including Mr. Legere, then he would’ve known it was no need to apologize for his comments this time.

        • Jethro

          you are pointing out exactly what I am saying. His comment, which he “Apologized for” was said, in a way that many would construde it unprofessional, hence the apology. There is no room for these kinds of remarks even from corporate leadership. Yes it is unfair that he is making these comments and others have been terminated, I have actually had to terminate an employee over this type of thing. I just believe that equality in the work place starts with him, and if he is not going to follow it, why hold each other member of his team accountable. This starts with going back and making things right, and getting those who the company fired back to work, unless they have another job of course, but if he is not willing to do this, then he needs to step down from his position. His HR Team is scared to act the same towards him as they do those who are on the front line. He has so much money, yet the front line is supposed to just do what, move on and find another job when they were happy with their current career. NOT FAIR! and UNPROFESSIONAL! Just saying

  • Spanky

    Had this comment been made by Randall Stephenson or Lowell McAdam, everyone on this site would be jumping down their throats. John Legere seems to be well on the way to achieving a Steve Jobs level of status with TMo fans.

  • metalspy8

    at least we know he is 100 all the time.

  • ProudPapa

    Where did my response go? It was apparently moderated. I edited it because I mistakenly called out Cam for writing the article, who was mostly just reported what transpired, when I meant it to be directed at those that were overly sensitive to this issue. It was originally approved, and then removed after I edited it by moderation. What gives?

    • thepanttherlady

      Is this the comment you’re referring to?

      “Good grief. Look it up. http://dictionary.reference.co
      Specifically, look at definition 7 and 8, which apply to what he was
      saying. I don’t like that he uses vulgarities personally, because I
      think it’s unprofessional, but in this case, he used the word correctly.
      Sexual rape is a VERY horrible thing, and if he was making light of
      that, then we might have a problem. Why does everyone make everything
      about sex?

      This political correctness is absurd. I am offended that people are offended.”

      If so, it originally went into moderation because of the link, which I approved. We cannot control issues, at least I’m not aware of, with DISQUS so this does occasionally happen. Comments appear, disappear and then reappear at random. Happened the other night where we were accused of deleting comments which wasn’t true. Just be patient. It’ll show up at some point. :)

      ETA: I have said this more than once in the past, if a moderator deletes a comment it will show that it was deleted. If you just don’t see your comment it either went into moderation and not approved (99% are approved) or DISQUS is acting up and the comment will appear at some point when it corrects itself.

      • ProudPapa

        I have never been told that in the past, as I have never had any issues like this. Regardless, thank you for the explanation.

  • Rob H.

    I feel like the “rape” comment is very true for both Big Red, and the AT&T deathstar. How can they justify charging people for having their devices on their network on top the cost of the plan, besides the data caps.

    • 21stNow

      Customers willingly pay the cost, therefore the rape comment is highly inappropriate here.

      • Jethro

        I agree, I feel he needs to be removed as CEO. John is supposed to lead by example, we see all over the world where companies remove leadership due to conduct issues, how about keep the president of the company on a equal playing field.

        • jesse4685

          Wow bro. You are overreacting, removed as CEO. We are all grownups here. He speaks like a grown man does. He is a great business man, he has turned tmobile around and has made the major carriers stop RAPING us. Everyone who are complaining about his use of the word should just grow a pair and stop being so Sensitive.

        • Charlie Lipka

          Anyone offended by him telling the truth about both big red and the deathstar as they do rape their customers, go over your data cap because you forgot to upgrade it to keep getting the overage charges is rediculous. And 10 gigs to share across 4 lines can be eaten up by a movie or some songs streamed. Try seeing a bill my mom did from Verizon for my sister and my sister using 45 gigs of data on a 30 gig cap bill went to $ 1500 now tell me that is not a raping charge idk what is.

        • 21stNow

          It isn’t. Your sister chose to use data and not monitor her usage against the plan that she was on. Any business in the world would charge a person for what he/she used. The customer has a responsibility to check his usage and/or pay for the overage. Who buys a quart of milk expecting to drink a gallon, then claim that the grocery store is raping them when he has to pay more for that gallon of milk?

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    What he said was is terrible and he realized it and has apologized about it. What he said is correct about charges by the other carriers but people know what they are signing up for and it’s their own fault to sign and pay more. It is very apparent that other carriers are making changes because of what T Mobile doing which is what competition is all about. I loved it when ATT changes their 4 lines with 10 GB shared to $160 and Verizon followed soon. So ATT and Verizon customers can thank John Legere for that.

    • Yardie D

      Rape is not a word used only for a sexual act, there was no need for him to apologize. People, please look up the definition of this word and you’ll see he used it in the right context.

  • Tom&Jerry

    Did you know that t-mobile is being sued for equality in the work place. How about hold him accountable for the comments he makes, because he enforces and makes rules that has his company “T-Mobile” gives to the employees, and he allowed them to terminate employees who made the kind of comments he makes. I know several employees who have been fired over comments like these. It was not based upon their stats, or their performance, it was merely political and based upon comments made from one employee to another. What makes it ok for him to do it, but not ok for another employee to do it. I have been in leadership with T-Mobile and I have had to terminate employees over these kind of comments and they are deemed conduct issues. Here you have a guy who stands at the head of a company who preaches a code of conduct which is in place, but doesn’t follow it himself. I think T-Mobile should call previous employees who were terminated over unprofessional comments, and offer them their jobs back. What most of you don’t realize, is his comments are more than just comments when we have employees being terminated due to this kind of thing while he just lets them funnel out of his mouth left and right. I am sure you would all be supporting this, if you knew what really happens behind close doors at T-Mobile and equality in T-mobile USA. Rape is not OK joking or not, and Unprofessional language should not be used by upper leadership when your not allowing your front line to use the same language

    • Atunam

      Rape is a misunderstood word with multiple definitions.

      He used it correctly under this definition:
      Rape – an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation: the rape of the countryside.

      The majority of people are idiots and think rape automatically means forcing sexual intercourse.

      • Yardie D

        Totally agree ++

      • Tom&Jerry

        Wow you are an “IDIOT” or in what the tech world would say about you, I D 10 T error on your part. When you say the word rape, 100% of people would automatically think “RAPE- sexual abuse” no one is going to just go look up what rape means. And in his context he used it, he used it in the fashion of “ABUSIVE” which in return is the point many are making. RAPE is a term 100% of the people, (even if you took your own “HONEST POLL”) if you asked 10 people what rape was or meant, 10 of 10 would assume the same thing. Its idiots like you that “Defend” or try to make light of these things by finding excuses as to why he shouldn’t be held to the same standard as another who would say it.

        If a sports athlete used the term that one player raped another player of his playing time, ALL hell would break loose if it was on a public platform. You cant say it wouldn’t because it would. The situation is what it is. It was stupid, ignorant, and there is no platform for this kind of comment. Now back to my previous point, People in this company are being stripped of their jobs for comments just like he made, yet he still has a job, and they get fired. How is that fair. Its not, so with this being said, equality in the work place is not there and he opened a can of worms with his comments and now its public all over the internet and there is no turning back from them. He just helped out those who having been fighting for equality in the work place.

        John Legere needs to do the right thing and he knows what that is.

        • kalel33

          Glad you speak for everyone but you are incorrect. The word “rape” is based on it’s context, because it has multiple meanings. Just because you only learned the one meaning doesn’t mean the rest of us didn’t learn multiple definitions in school. I’m not a Legere fanboy but I do understand common sense and he did use it in the correct way. He’s just apologizing because a few people were butt hurt.

    • Nate Opgenorth

      Joking about rape (specifically sexual assault IN CONTEXT) would have to be very specific, I don’t want to give examples because I do know persons who have been raped and I know its not a joking matter. But using the word doesn’t mean your joking about it. Especially since the word is not technically specific (but your right most often socially speaking people think of sexual assault). I don’t know that its 100% Politically correct but I think the point of UNcarrier is not to be PC what so ever.

  • Not Me

    WHO CARES???

  • conservative_motorcyclist

    I have no idea why this is offensive! Verizon and AT&T DO rape you with their egregious charges. That’s why I don’t have them!

  • DirkDigg1er

    If you or anyone dear to you have been victim to sexual abuse, you would also be infuriated. Although it is a term we use within small PERSONAL conversations, it should never be used in public/professional setting.

  • jaxgrim

    Oh no, he used a word properly. How dare words have multiple definitions.

  • David Chien

    In context, perfectly fine to use the word as defined.
    It’s just as if he said he’s ‘a gay person’ today for saying all this – context -> definition.
    Chill peeps

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rape
    archaic : to seize and take away by force
    b : despoil

    to commit rape on
    — rap·er noun
    — rap·ist noun an Old World herb (Brassica napus) of the mustard family grown as a forage crop and for its seeds which yield rapeseed oil and are a bird food
    an act or instance of robbing or despoiling or carrying away a person by force
    :
    unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out
    forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female
    or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid
    consent — compare sexual assault, statutory rape

    >>>>>: an outrageous violation

    http://etymonline.com/index.php?term=rape&allowed_in_frame=0

    rape (v.) late 14c., “seize prey; abduct, take by force,” from rape (n.) and from Anglo-French raper (Old French rapir) “to seize, abduct,” a legal term, probably from past participle of Latin rapere “seize, carry off by force, abduct” (see rapid).

    >>>>>> Latin rapere was used for “sexually violate,” but only very rarely; the usual Latin word being stuprare “to defile, ravish, violate,” related to stuprum
    (n.), literally “disgrace.” Meaning “to abduct (a woman), ravish;” also
    “seduce (a man)” is from early 15c. in English. Related: Raped; raping. Uncertain connection to Low German and Dutch rapen in the same sense.rape (n.1) early 14c., “booty, prey;” mid-14c., “forceful seizure; plundering, robbery, extortion,” from Anglo-French rap, rape, and directly from Latin rapere “seize” (see rape
    (v.)). Meaning “act of abducting a woman or sexually violating her or
    both” is from early 15c., but perhaps late 13c. in Anglo-Latin.

  • MuthaFuckinStephen

    Didn’t know peoples ass could be offended by the word rape. People need to calm down.

    • Nate Opgenorth

      It happens all the time. It kind of bothers me but to be fair persons who have been raped naturally are more offended by the term, whether they need to become used to the term or I need to be more sensitive is up in the air. Still when it comes to Verizon/AT&T I think rape is probably an understatement.

  • Bedknobs_and_Boomsticks

    Legere raped the company by laying off so many employees.

  • falcompsx

    Yet another instance of political correctness going too far. Who the hell cares? He speaks the truth. Other carriers DO rape their customers. Look up multiple definitions of the word. He was not referring to sexual abuse in any way so all you panzies who get offended by the sight of 4 letters in a specific order need to pull up your big boy/girl panties realize that a word is not evil. actions are evil, words are not.

  • rob3211

    Society today has to be so politically correct its ridiculous. His comments are the truth and is exactly how most Americans would say it.

    the pussification of America continues…