Tim Cook On Speaking Up For Equality

Tim Cook On Speaking Up For Equality


>>ONE OF THE THINGS YOU CHANGED ABOUT THE COMPANY IS THAT IT
DIDN’T HAVE A CHARITABLE COMPONENT BEFORE AND YOU’VE MADE
THAT AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE WORK YOU DO FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND
EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES.>>RIGHT.>>Stephen: YOU, YOURSELF CAME
OUT AS GAY RECENTLY. WAS THAT AN UPGRADE OR JUST A
FEATURE THAT HAD NOT BEEN TURNED ON? ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE ) BEFORE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
AND THE REASON I ASK, THE REASON I ASK IS THAT EXPERIENCE OF
GROWING UP IN ALABAMA AS SORT OF A RESIDENT OUTSIDER BECAUSE OF
YOUR SEXUALITY, DID THAT INFORM IN ANY WAY YOUR TRYING TO HELP
PEOPLE WHO ARE IN HARDSHIP AROUND THE WORLD?>>IT DID, YEAH. IN ALL HONESTY, EVERY DAY I COME
TO WORK I HAVE RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY DESK I HAVE A PHOTO OF ROBERT
KENNEDY AND A PHOTO OF DR. KING, AND EVERY DAY I SORT OF ASK
MYSELF– IT WAS DR. KING’S QUOTE THAT SAID, “LIFE’S MOST
PERSISTENT AND URGENT QUESTION IS ‘WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR
OTHERS? ‘” AND IT BECAME SO CLEAR TO ME
KIDS WERE GETTING BULLIED IN SCHOOL. KIDS WERE GETTING DISCRIMINATED
AGAINST. KIDS WERE EVEN BEING DISCLAIMED
BY THEIR OWN PARENTS THEY NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING, AND THAT WHERE
I VALUED MY PRIVACY SIGNIFICANTLY, I FELT THAT I WAS
VALUING IT TOO FAR ABOVE WHAT I COULD DO FOR OTHER PEOPLE. AND SO I WANTED TO TELL EVERYONE
MY TRUTH. AND MANY PEOPLE ALREADY KNEW,
AND SO TO MANY PEOPLE IT WAS NO REVELATION. IT WAS LIKE THIS– IT’S LIKE
DISCOVERING SOMETHING ON YURKS iPHONE IT’S ALWAYS DONE BUT YOU
YOU DIDN’T QUITE KNOW IT, RIGHT? ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: INTERESTING, INTERESTING.>>AND SO, YOU KNOW, IT WASN’T A
REVELATION TO A LOT OF PEOPLE THEY WORK WITH. BUT IT WAS MAYBE TO THE BROADER
WORLD. AND I FELT A TREMENDOUS
RESPONSIBILITY TO DO IT.

94 thoughts on “Tim Cook On Speaking Up For Equality”

  1. 1. Who cares if he's gay or not. He runs a company which is valued north of $650 Billion.

    2. Those people saying he should be fired coz hes no Jobs, here – when Jobs died apple stock was trading at 50. Now its near its all time high of 130. Thats $400 Billion wealth creation in less than 4 years.

    There are evolutionary/incremental changes (like making the iphone better each year) and there are revolutionary changes (iwatch, macbook, ipad pro – which shakes up the industry) and Apple has mastered both.

    And yes, please do not start a android vs apple vs msft war. Just use whatever you are comfortable with. Peace.

  2. Why do we have to know his sexuality? Something so personal should remain private, not thrown into the public like we need to know about it.

  3. isn't it weird how you can always tell who is gay just by how they talk. okay maybe not everyone but you get the idea. I wonder why that is. why is there a gay accent.

  4. I always imagine myself in people's shoes who do something like what Tim did. So you have everything one could ask for – Great job, living in a great open minded city like San Francisco, you are healthy, your family and friends respect you and people who you respect know that you are gay. It really is enough to have a happy life.

    But then you decide to tell the world, a large part of which is hugely ignorant and bigoted, that yes I am gay and I run the worlds most profitable company. You open yourself to backlash, persecution, judgement and security threats because you want that kid in some third world country who thinks he is mutated, sick and not worthy to know that the guy who makes your favorite gadget is also just like you. It is extremely powerful and it takes courage and responsibility to do it. I salute him and I think he is a better man and CEO than Steve Jobs.

  5. Oh yeah a billionaire leftist CEO of the worlds most powerful tech company who lives in Silicon Valley, the most progressive region on earth is just soooo brave for coming out of the closet at the ripe old age of 54. Oh such a brave man you are. Ugh, blow me !

  6. Talking about doing things for other people when his company is underpaying the fuck out of all of their oversees employees…

  7. Cook is amazing and representing Apple (one of the most amazing companies ever) compliments them! Colbert took a great opportunity to explore someone we all know, are very interested in, and now can love! Thank you Stephen, Thank you Tim!!!

  8. If he wants to do something for kids and people in difficulty, he could start by improving the lives of the people at the Chinese Apple factories, where the youngest are 15 years old and who sometimes has to work 18 hour shifts.

  9. we make our phones in chinese labor camps where 14 year olds are paid pennies and suicide nets are put up so people cant kill themselves.

    but that's okay because we donate to CHARITY :^)

  10. No joke, while I was watching this, Siri just turned on randomly while Tim Cook spoke. By the end of the video, it said "Ok. I found something on the web for 'The revelation work with but but it was made it to the broader world tremendous responsibility.'" I think Cook has more control over our phones than we realize.

  11. Excellent interview. As long as there are intelligent guests like this being interviewed by an intelligent host like Colbert has been all w eek, then I will be watching. Even if CBS makes it extremely difficult because they are stuck in the technological Stone Age.

  12. I will just paste a comment from a guy in YouTube who said it so well that I cannot say it better so here it is:

    Danmarie Inting commented on a video on YouTube.
    Shared publicly – Jul 2, 2015

    I don't care as long as they keep it to themselves. Whatever nonsense they do in their bedrooms is none of my business. But when they parade around and viciously attack everyone who disagrees with them, and when they start to interfere with the man/woman dynamic in the upbringing of families that is when I take issue. I have no shame in saying sex should be between a man and a woman. A family unit consists of a father, mother, and children. Not two dads and not two moms. The majority of people will succumb to their bullying tactics out of fear of being called names or being labeled. Just have to hold your ground and not succumb to their intolerance

    Just face the facts, human anatomy dictates that males and females have sex together, not male on male / female on female. So you can flaunt your mental illness as much as you want, I won't hate you for it, I'll just feel sorry for you.

    And nobody is a "homophobe" here, that would imply that you are "afraid" of gay people, which people are not, they are just disgusted by them quite frankly lol. Oh and for the record it isn't "natural" either, yes homosexuality exists in nature, but so does cannibalism, infanticide, necrophilia, and eating shit. Are those "natural" as well? Growing up plays a huge factor in our sexuality, and sexual frustration or being abused/exploited can lead to mental changes.

  13. Jimmy Fallon would just be like hey lets play bingo and I will laugh at your shit and unconditionally praise all of your new shit too

  14. Very few CEOs are this humane and empathetic. He is a great role model and what he said is a source of strength; especially for people facing bullying and discrimination. Members of the LGBT community deserve respect and equality. Thanks #LNSC letting him sound his valuable opinion.

  15. any conversation about school bullying that doesn't mention children bullied by the hands of teachers and other staff is a conversation missing a crucial element to the problem.

  16. I don't care if people are gay, but anyone associated with Apple and use their products … look, you can do whatever you want, but I don't have to feel comfortable around you.

  17. So I guess Apple has stopped using child labour and has stopped paying slave-labour wages? If not, then I guess equality only applies to Americans?

  18. Yeah donate to charity, but as the biggest company in the world, pay $0 in taxes to the American people after making Billions of dollars in profits. Stop lying to people and making them think your something that your not!

  19. The Irony that a man that openly supports and profits from the nearest thing to modern day slave labour, talks about equality as if he's some kind of modern day martyr.

  20. Why did Stephen Colbert NOT ask Tim Cook about Carly Fiorina's tenure at HP? He is a long time silicon valley chap. Maybe we should start some sort of audience pressure so that every time Colbert has a guest from Silicon Valley or business world, he will ask how good Fiorina's legacy is at HP and also Donald Trump for that matter.

  21. I use to think that he was awesome but ever since I figured he was gay I hate him more and more as a person, Apple needs to get a new CEO

  22. I'm glad he's able to come out, now I just wish he would address the countless human rights violations Apple and Foxconn are tied to.

  23. If you want to do something for other people, stop making crap phones! And provide schematics for engineers, and don't make your products break on purpose. It's 100% PR

  24. I love Tim Cook so much. I would love to meet him, and tell him thank you for all the influential work he has done. With Apple and in his personal life.

  25. funny, didn't know steven colbert is pro raping little boys; pro slavery, etc – he is a catholic. wow; what the fear of death and of responsibility does to people – makes them believe the most ridiculous things, things invented by goat herders 3000 years ago.

  26. I hate this fucking guy, be gay whatever but dont bring you gayness to apple. my phone looks like a fucking fruit basket.

  27. TIMCOOK is the most stupid man alive,, tell everyone your gay and also
    tell the president you wont put factories in the USA to create more jobs
    again,, burn up that piece of shit 1979 trade agreement act, it
    destroys American jobs. Tax them fk tard overseas CEOS 80 percent or
    more to see for yourself the economy in America will grow fast,, JOBs
    will open after CEO's move factories back to the USA, make CEOs
    dependent on American workers. Don't let CEO's use loopholes to destroy
    American Jobs

  28. Equality , yea, but you make a 200 dollar phone 1,599 dollars to promote elitism. But equality is cool to talk about, sure

  29. He needs a new head of user interface optimization and a hardware designer who care about the users. Not trying to impress anyone but just fucking listen to users.

  30. I am gay i am 24 and I can never come out, and I feel like my life would be much different and being who I am would help me become what I want to become.

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