Trigger Warning

A few days ago, Douglas Crockford, who was to be the keynote speaker was removed from a JavaScript conference called Nodevember.

Nodevember Announcing Crockford’s removal

The reason for his removal? Sexism and intolerance of course!

Yikes, this Crockford character must be some pretty toxic shady character right? Well, no he’s as tame as they get. For those who haven’t seen his talks, or read his books he’s basically the closest thing the JavaScript community has to an academic. If Scott Meyers wrote the book on C++ then Crockford wrote the book on JavaScript.

So he has technical merit for being a good speaker, but what about these allegations? Well, it basically came from some very vocal, public bullying from “inclusivity” folks on Twitter. Whom, are incidentally also a part of the Node.js inclusivity group.

There are essentially two things being pointed out that stands testament to what a terrible a person, despicable Mr. Crockford is.

In one of the incidents, he is “slut shaming” the web, by calling the previous generation of web applications and development promiscuous.

I’m not sure if there’s some nuances that’s specific to San Franciscoism here that’s lost on me but, that fits the definition of promiscuous just fine.



1. characterized by or involving indiscriminate mingling or association,especially having sexual relations with a number of partners on a casual basis.

2. consisting of parts, elements, or individuals of different kinds brought together without order.

3. indiscriminate; without discrimination.

4. casual; irregular; haphazard.

When talking about things, obviously the first definition does not apply. It’s not that unusual to use the term either, see promiscuous mode for example.

Crockford “slut shaming” the web

The second issue, is that he made a lame dad joke about weak maps.

At the end of which, he made a half-hearted minor “flex” motion with one arm.

Crockford calling weak maps, weak!

Normally I keep my nose out of this sort of drama, but we’ve seen it time and time again and I’m getting fed up with this crap.

If you are in an inclusivity working group, or just for inclusivity in general. Please find a better way to contribute to the community than complaining on Twitter, getting people fired over trivial matters and excluding anyone who do not comply with your particular culture.

Inclusivity has just become a thorn in the community and reduced to a joke, something that should be a good thing has become toxic as hell. The world is a big place, with tons of diversity but for the most part everyone who isn’t in the this little clique culture, are essentially excluded.

Web Development, Game Development, Geekisms.

Web Development, Game Development, Geekisms.