'Silicon Valley' TV Show Admits Tech Companies' Anti-Christian Bias
On Sunday, HBO's hilarious tech TV show "Silicon Valley" admitted that technology companies in California have a powerful bias against Christianity. The show mockingly portrayed the "outing" of a self-identified gay Christian, who was "in the closet" not for his homosexuality, but for his beliefs. The best satire is based on fact, and so Sunday's episode reached a pinnacle of excellent satire.
The closeted Christian, known as "D.D." and played by A.D. Miles, joins the "Octopipers," a team of eight tech CEOs joining main character Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) to create the world's first "truly open, truly decentralized Internet." Ironically, this effort to create an open Internet derails because the team cannot accept an openly Christian member.
D.D., the CEO of a homosexual dating site, comes to Hendricks in confidence toward the beginning of the episode. He describes himself as "so boring," adding, "I've been with the same man eight years, I go to church every Sunday."
Hendricks seems to have no problem with his Christian teammate, but he has no filter in a later team meeting. The main character introduces D.D. as the CEO of a gay dating site, adding, "But don't worry, he's not snobby about it, he's actually pretty boring."
"I don't mean that as an insult. Those are his words. Long-term relationship, doesn't smoke, doesn't drink. And him and his man go to church every Sunday," Hendricks blurts out. "Loves Bible studies, right? Just a straight-up boring, ordinary guy."
During this meeting, D.D. becomes increasingly uncomfortable, shifting in his seat. Hendricks ends his introduction with a qualifier: "But obviously not straight, very gay. And also a Christian, right?"
D.D. confronts the main character, asking, "Why did you do that? Why did you say that?!"
"Richard, you just told a room full of tech people that I'm [whispered] Christian," D.D. says. "But you are, aren't you?" Hendricks responds. "Yes, but I told you that in confidence. I said, 'between you and me.'"
"I'm not openly Christian. Thanks a lot man, you just outed me," D.D. explains.
Later, Hendricks's close friends confront him. Donald "Jared" Dunn (Zach Woods) declares, "You know my default position is blind support for whatever you do, but this was not your best moment."
Hendricks, still uncomprehending, asks, "Guys, it can't be that big of a deal, right? Why should it be?"
Dinesh Chugtai (Kumail Nanjiani) chimes in, "America loves Christians, Muslims are the enemy."
"Well, that's true in most of America, but not in Silicon Valley, sadly," Dunn responds. "You can be openly polyamorous, and people here will call you brave. You can put micro-doses of LSD in your cereal and people will call you a pioneer. But the one thing you cannot be is Christian."