Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff has been known to hobnob with celebrities—the company has brought in luminaries like Stevie Wonder, U2, and Will.i.am for its annual Dreamforce customer event. So it's probably not a huge shock that comedian Chris Rock made a surprise appearance at the company's annual sales kickoff last week.Presumably those responsible will be appropriately punished by losing their jobs and being publicly shamed. So brave. Thank you for this.
Rock's humor can be controversial, so in his introduction, Benioff cautioned that the upcoming set might be racier than the company's normal fare and that those who might be offended might want to leave early, according to sources, one of whom was at the employees-only event.
Then Rock took the stage. For the most part the set, which capped the first day's events, was a hit. But some of Rock's material, referencing his own recent divorce and women marrying wealthy men, rubbed some in the room the wrong way.
Most notably, those remarks apparently did not sit well with Stephanie Buscemi, Salesforce's executive vice president of products and solutions marketing, who stood up, requested the microphone, and talked about how offended she was by these comments.
Monday, February 13, 2017
That's not funny!
Salesforce made the mistake of hiring a comedian to entertain its employees, but thankfully, a female VP quickly leaned in and informed them what was, and what was not, funny.