Yahoo’s camp grumbles about Tom Cruise invite to campus next week

Strangely enough, the geeks of the Information Age have no great love for Tom Cruise. Yahoo management is bringing Tom Cruise to give a “speech” to the employees. Yet, there is grumbling amongst the ranks. Why would there be any issues? Well, it could be something similar to this (Hollywood Interrupted):

“Sources from inside Paramount and South Park Studios report that parent company Viacom pulled last night’s scheduled repeat of the high-rated “Trapped in the Closet” episode after the humorless Scientologist movie star Tom Cruise threatened to cancel all publicity for Mission Impossible 3 if Comedy Central aired the episode that satirizes Scientology and mocks his sexuality again. Not only is this the first time that the South Park creators have been officially censored in their ten hit seasons with Comedy Central, Viacom officials also reportedly ordered Matt Stone and Trey Parker not to discuss the reason why their episode was cancelled.”

Perhaps it’s because of certain idealogies. We know plenty of people that are not seeing MI:3 because of Mr. Tom Cruise. But the difference between those people and Mr. Cruise? We don’t throw our tinseltown weight around like we’re “the man” and threaten because we’re insecure about whatever we believe in, we just do.
As for Yahoo, their management would be wise to smell the reality of geekiness at their campus. You were made by geeks, and you can be broken by geeks. You want a bad rap as a technology company, then keep inviting Hollywood types. Our suggestion: invite some more interesting people that we (the geeks) actually care about such as Linus Torvalds, or even a more televised personality such as Leo Laporte or Kevin Rose. It’s no Tom Cruise, but geeks != fangirls.
Via CNet