PR woman Cheryl Conner writes about a Cheryl Rios, a fellow PR person who says she lost a lot of business when she posted her political views online.
I used to be concerned about that myself – that posting my political views might alienate people I need to work with. However, I’ve been talking politics on social media for many years now, and it doesn’t seem to have hurt my work.
I try to be respectful of my peers, even though I’m often disdainful of public officials and of views I think are foolish.
Also, my views aren’t particularly outrageous.
Also, I nearly always keep political discussions away from work venues.
Still, I have been concerned about alienating industry people through my political posts. I discussed that with a friend inside the industry. He pointed out that a lot of people like to argue. So for everyone I alienate, presumably there’s someone else who’s attracted to the opportunity to tell me what a dope I am.
Conner writes about using political posts as a means of building business. That’s not why I do it. They are compartmentalized. My political posts and my work are separate parts of my life. As Americans, we have a right to free speech, and as Americans we have a duty to exercise that write where we believe something strongly.
I’m burying the lede here.
Throughout reading Conner’s article, I wondered what terrible views Rios held that made her anathema to her clients. Conner doesn’t say. So I looked her up.
Rios says a woman should never be President because hormones make them unsuitable wartime heads of state, and also because it’s in the Bible.
Rios’s problem isn’t that she expressed a political view online. Her problem is that her view is ignorant. Counter-examles from history: Queen Elizabeth, Golda Meir. Counter-examples from the Bible: Deborah, Jael, and the Queen of Sheba.