Not the advert in question.
An online headhunter has been criticised for being homophobic after it bowed to online pressure to remove an advert which stated that for prospective candidates, being “homosexual is the first priority.”
homophobe netizen posted the ad on Weibo after she saw it on 51job.com, adding “I was so upset by the company. The gays are taking boyfriends away from us, and now they are even taking our jobs!” (Emphasis added). By yesterday evening her post had been forwarded over 1,000 times.
Following the uproar, 51jobs.com removed the advert, but now faces a backlash from the company which had posted it.
“We are very angry that the website has deleted the ad without talking with us,” said Jiao Quan, public relations director for the company, which runs the soklo.com e-commerce website for luxury goods.
Jiao said that they prefer gays for the job because gays are usually popular in fashion circles. Jiao said gays seem more sensitive to fashion and many have shown talent in the luxury industry.
The company is demanding an apology from 51jobs.com on the grounds that “there shouldn’t be any discrimination against gays or lesbians”, just the stereotyping of all homosexual men as interested in fashion.