Speakers at the Microsoft Ignite technical conference introduced themselves by specifying their gender, ethnicity, appearance and personal pronouns, seemingly in line with the meme of “woke-ism” (other definitions here and here, including that the term was culturally appropriated by whites from the BLM movement).
This was parody, correct?
Weins later described herself as one “Asian white woman with dark brown hair wearing a red sleeveless top, “with his colleague Seth Juarez adding that it was “A tall Hispanic male wearing a light blue shirt and khakis ”.
Digital entrepreneur Balaji Srinivasan shared a clip of their opening speech on Thursday, describing it as “woke up embodied capital.” He followed him with another short video, with two more Microsoft employees – Natalia Godyla and Nic Fillingham – introduce themselves in a similar fashion.
“I am a Caucasian man with glasses and beard. I go to him / him and I am a security evangelist “ Fillingham said.
Watch the linked video clip. Awkward.
After the conference, a Microsoft spokesperson (pronouns and personal description not provided) said the self identifications were intended to help the visually impaired.
(Also, the text of the article reads as if it was run though Google Translate six times. Kind of weird.)