Oculus Co-Founder Palmer Luckey: ‘Recent News Stories About Me Do Not Accurately Represent My Views’ (UPDATE)

by Jamie Feltham • September 23rd, 2016

Update: Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe released a statement on Facebook as well:

I want to respond to the recent press stories involving Palmer. I know that Palmer is deeply sorry for the impact this situation is having on the company, our partners and the industry.

Everyone at Oculus is free to support the issues or causes that matter to them, whether or not we agree with those views. It is important to remember that Palmer acted independently in a personal capacity, and was in no way representing the company.

After keeping us waiting for nearly an entire day, Palmer Luckey has issued a statement in response to the recent report that the Oculus Rift creator and Oculus founder has been funding a crude political campaign.

“I am deeply sorry that my actions are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners.The recent news stories about me do not accurately represent my views,” Luckey said.

“Here’s more background: I contributed $10,000 to Nimble America because I thought the organization had fresh ideas on how to communicate with young voters through the use of several billboards. I am a libertarian who has publicly supported Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in the past, and I plan on voting for Gary in this election as well.

“I am committed to the principles of fair play and equal treatment. I did not write the “NimbleRichMan” posts, nor did I delete the account. Reports that I am a founder or employee of Nimble America are false. I don’t have any plans to donate beyond what I have already given to Nimble America.

“Still, my actions were my own and do not represent Oculus. I’m sorry for the impact my actions are having on the community.”

Luckey’s actions have already led to some big consequences for the Oculus Rift itself. Earlier today SUPERHYPERCUBE developer Polytron announced that it had cancelled Oculus support for the upcoming game.

The description of the campaign Luckey funded has been updated in the first paragraph and meta description.

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  • Lou Cipher

    “I did not write the “NimbleRichMan” posts, nor did I delete the account.”

    But he DID make the donation? Yeah, I’m not buying his denial in that case.

    • Levia

      nimblerichman was either milo yiannopoulos or someone pretending to be him, considering he called himself the ‘outrageous faggot’ or something along those lines

    • Taun

      “Yeah, I’m not buying his denial in that case.” Please explain. Your thinking sounds like a typical cop honestly. Either black or white. Right or wrong. It can’t be that he made a single mistake. He had to have made ALL the mistakes that are being claimed. Face it. You don’t like him & you’re looking for reasons to continue to not like him. It’s called confirmation bias.

      Personally, my experience in cognitive psychology would indicate he is making as honest an apology as possible. I have yet to see any evidence to support those who still want to ‘burn him at the stake.’ All I see in Lucky is a slightly misguided Libertarian.

    • DougP

      He was already called out on this, with a post of an actual email from him to author of article, saying NimbleRichMan, post WAS ACTUALLY posting direct quotes from him.
      Now he’s trying to back away with claims that it’s “not his account”, even tho’ posts were his verbatim.

      Guy’s a horrible liar & should just own up to this.

  • OkinKun

    Well that’s a relief.
    Makes me mad at the community, for how quickly they create outrage over misunderstandings.
    In this case, there are a lot of people today, who’ve said some pretty asinine things.. I hope they feel embarrassed, but they’ll probably never even consider they were wrong.

    • Nittacci

      “I didn’t know they were shitposters” is not really a convincing argument for Mr Luckey to make. There’s no reason to believe him and every reason to put Oculus on the pay-no-mind list.

    • Hey Arnold

      Relief? The left totally smeared the guy because of what they believe is “wrong think”. It is absolutely absurd he was attacked in the first place.

      • DougP

        Re: “left totally smeared the guy”
        Smeared – I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

        What was done –
        Reporting facts, including statements about what a person said or did, is not *smearing* them.

        Re: “he was attacked in the first place.”
        Attacked – again, don’t think that word means what you think it means – see “What was done”, above.

        Kind’a like when someone asked Trump about some damning/stupid/contradictory statement he made & his supports/campaign claim he was “smeared/attacked” for daring to call him out for his statements/actions.

        • OSM

          “Reporting facts” is not the same thing as “making up wild and random shit and going after his girlfriend”, which is what happened. Another word for that is being “smeared”.

          • DougP

            “smeared” – I don’t think that word means what you think it means. Facts!
            People have “the google” now & can find out what transpired: his association with Milo, funding “shitposting”, horrible/racist/white supremacist comments from his associates/Nimble (he funded), etc. Those are facts.

            I get it – your a Facebook/Palmer fan & apologist, fine. But you can’t scream foul when the truth comes out.

          • OSM

            No, that’s just shit you’re prepared to believe. That ain’t facts.

  • Eric Henry

    Ohhh. He just donated to the Neo-Nazis posting stuff in support of Trump. Didn’t actually do it himself. Well that’s a relief.

    • Hey Arnold

      You are fucking delusional if you think that shit is Neo-Nazi. The left has become such a joke because of people like you.

      • Lou Cipher

        The left isn’t a joke, and neither is the threat of the outcome if the highly toxic Trump becomes commander in chief. Anything but Trump… seriously… ANYTHING

        • Surykaty

          Anything? That guy has all of his children married to jews. And yeah the trigger loving lefties ARE a joke.

        • SRoss

          You’re freaking talking about electing a woman who is the head of a vast crime syndicate, who’s husband takes secret trips on Jeffry Epstein’s Lolita express, who recently conspired with the DNC to rig the election, was caught and now a couple of people closely associated with the case have been found dead, has video from the head of the FBI saying she lied on every thing she told Congress under oath about deleting thousands of emails while she was under investigation, who has been under some sort of investigation for the past twenty five years, who turned 10,000 into 100,000 overnight by insider trading, who scanned Haiti asked the earthquake with her husband, pretending to be their to offer aside and instead use it to scam the Haitian people and financially rape them, who Is funded by the the Saudis, the same people who attacked us on 9/11, is also funded and owned by the top banks in America, lies constantly about everything, got an American ambassador killed along with three other people because she failed to respond to 600 requests for more security, and them lies to the American people, saying it happened because of a video. You little whiner SJW pussi*s don’t know shit about how the world works, you are idiots that think your heroes should be jack asses like Che Guevara and Hugo Chavez. And you little pissant ignorant chumps want to compare that to a man that is politically incorrect at times and says mean things? Please, get back in your mother’s basement before you little SJW a-holes ruin the planet.

          • Pucker

            So, Obama is foreign Muslim that wants to destroy America and start a race war, and Clinton is some mastermind criminal. We heard all this shit before…..lies and nonsense. The real goal with these lies is to make sure idiots that go to Breitbart will never have to think about meaningful issues.

            Clinton is a moderate and a grandmother. She’s not the best candidate, but her husband did a fine job and she’s planning carry forward the same things Obama has done, which has worked just fine. If Clinton is guilty of any crime it’s that she’s kind of boring.

          • Obama spent more time making videos online than governing a country. Hillary is a fraud. Bill Clinton is a pedophile. Trump is an racist asshole. Also do some research on Hillary, her only crime isn’t that “she’s kind of boring”.

          • Liberty0rDeath

            *Blue collar crime is generally boring. Its still crime though.

          • kaitbrady

            Please seek help for your mental illness as soon as possible.

          • Smokey_the_Bear

            well said, it gets frustrating talking politics with the uninformed.

          • Tom Daigon

            Hey buddy…why did you stop taking your meds…..

          • Lou Cipher

            you sound like the kind of paranoid loser that runs a truther blog. amiright?

          • Joseph Woosley

            Yeah, even if most of that was true, we’d still vote for Hiliary over Trump. I don’t even have to list the stuff he’s advocating you already know and he’ll tell you himself next time he opens his mouth, except about having sex with that 13 year old I guess. Regardless, anything but dividing the country, blacks against whites, Muslims against everyone else, Hispanics against non-Hispanics. Divisive policy does not make America a great nation it makes us like every other two-bit pretender to Democracy. Yeah, I have no problem saying Hiliary is a politician and probably broke the law and lied about some things. Saying she’s the head of a vast crime syndicate just makes everyone think your sitting at home in your aluminum foil hat while your mom brings you your supper. The rest was at least a passable argument, leave the conspiracy stuff at the door. Also, name calling is for children, as if we needed further proof of your immaturity. You guys would elect David Duke while still quoting how awful Hiliary is which is essentially ignorance of consequences that would unfold.

          • Mike Dooling

            I refuse to vote for either Trump or Hillary – they are both for MORE crony capitalism with big business, and more war and intervention abroad, while ignoring the economy and national debt. They simply keep Americans divided and arguing about special interests, while catering to their own corporate and special interests while ignoring the national interests of the American people. Ignorance is those who blindly follow EITHER of the major parties these days, it’s a fool’s fight.

          • Joseph Woosley

            Yeah, I’ve debated that a lot. I would vote for just about anyone except Trump, but I’ve despised Hillary as long as I can remember. So you can imagine how it galls me to have to defend her against plebeians determined themselves frothing at the mouth to defend that rampant megalomaniac Trump. But ultimately, we’ve had nearly criminal presidents before and survived, we won’t in our current condition survive a person dedicated to further dividing a country more divided than it’s been since the 60’s and with more fronts for division in this case. Mike Pence alone means we would also have to consider the gay/lesbian front though it would not be of a necessarily riotous nature I wouldn’t think and more of a step-back from elevating personal rights with accompanying protests. Alienating Hispanics, blacks, Muslims, the gay community, even marginally political women who aren’t drinking the Koolaid in the Republican camp would make for disastrous 4 years. Though I admit I still think Trump is just saying whatever he thinks might get him elected by the much, in their minds, maligned white 50+ or white and southern groups. I mean that’s what? 95% of his voters I believe it was. Though realistically it doesn’t greatly vary from the traditional Republican voter narrative, it just further clarifies it. Anyway, my point is though I hate Hillary Clinton’s guts, I cannot of my own volition absolve myself of responsibility in seeing Trump get elected. Even if as is the case I’m in a state which will go decidedly Trump. I keep hoping to be surprised by the intent of the people here and there are a lot of good intelligent people, but it’s still littered with racists and homophobes.

          • Rehan Haque

            don’t disagree with all that, yet…..still better option then Trump. so sad.

        • Ten Penny

          Yeah… You’re out of your fucking mind if you think that Clinton is better than Trump. You sound pretty naive and you saying “highly toxic” pretty much confirms that.

          • Lou Cipher

            Trump is a sociopathic narcissist with nothing to offer but self-interest. He is a blowhard without a shred of policy. The only thing he posses is the audacity to bloviate and lie his way into the minds of the deep vein of morons who can vote in your country. If that’s what y’all want, that’s what you will get. At the very least, it will make for a thrilling 4 political years as we all watch in wonder.

          • Ringo’sReckoning

            Can’t wait to see you proved wrong.

        • Daniel James

          Look, I’m voting Clinton and I think Trump is insane. This groups isn’t racist, and labelling innocent people in the middle/right “racists” is fucking stupid and drives normly reasonable people to vote Trump. Stop pissing people off for moral high ground and actually force people to reject Trump on the lack of his platform’s merit.

      • Pete

        I agree with him. Neo-Nazi is a good way to describe him.

    • Taun

      Please link? I keep seeing people making broad statements, but not actually backing them up with a link or quote.

      The only thing I saw was the anti-Hillary electronic billboard, “Too big to Jail”. But that is most certainly not “Neo-Nazis” stuff. The far left (of which I am part) has very similar feelings towards Hillary Clinton & the establishment. Especialy since the primary election was effectively rigged.

      • Satoshi Kamasutra

        No! If you criticize Hillary Clinton you are a misogynist homphobic GamerGater MRA neo-nazi alt-right manbaby! The internets say so!

      • DougP

        Re: “Please link? I keep seeing people making broad statements, but not actually backing them up with a link or quote.”
        There’s this really cool new thing on computers, think it’s called “the google” or such.
        If only I knew how to search for it to find it….coz I heard you can use it to find information. 😉

        Hehe…. j/k aside – search for better articles with more detail & you’ll see what they’re referring to. It’s legit.

        • Taun

          I’ve read a lot of articles on the topic. I have yet to see what you speak of.

          • Ringo’sReckoning

            He’s a lair

        • Ringo’sReckoning

          If you could link to one you would have…stop lying.

          • DougP

            Re: “stop lying”
            lying – I don’t think that word means what you think it means. 1st – what are you accusing me of “lying” about? 2nd – prove that what I said was a lie.

            Re: “if you could link”
            1) Well… apparently you wouldn’t accept a link (read: evidence, facts) as you already concluded (unfounded) that I was somehow “lying”.
            2) Do you also ask your dinner host/waiter/etc to pre-chew your food for you & spit it in your mouth?
            Seriously…learn to use “the google”, you liar!

  • Christopher Barnhouse

    “fresh ideas on how to communicate with young voters through the use of several billboards”
    Really hard to believe that line…

    • Full_Name

      Come on, it does sound really groundbreaking..

    • Taun

      I think he was referring to the use of Memes as a political tool. Though that’s an ironic point about the billboards.

      • user2

        im pretty sure they already used memes as a political tool in fascist societies during the last century. not that fresh anymore.

  • Chris7

    lucky actions have already led to some big consequences ….
    wanna re write that ?
    how about the slanderous article publish by the daily beast has led to consequences

    • Christopher Barnhouse

      Notice he doesn’t deny anything the article quotes him saying just “news stories about me do not accurately represent my views”

      • Taun

        And what was so horrible in those direct quotes? I really don’t know. As far as I knew, the vile stuff was from NimbleRichMan, whom Palmer says he isn’t.

        • Christopher Barnhouse

          The Daily Beast has posted emails from Palmer that contradict that claim. In those emails Palmer says “I posted the body myself”, “I made the posts, just not the account”, and “The Nimble America Team made the account, but yes, it represents me”.

          • Taun

            The problem for me is that I don’t trust The Daily Beast, & never have. Easy enough for *someone* to fake those emails. We’ll have to see how Palmer responds tomorrow. Do you have a link to the article. All I can find is the original.

            Also, the posts that were listed in other articles seemed alt-right, but not Libertarian. At least from the Libertarian’s I’ve known in my life. But, maybe I’m wrong.

    • DougP

      Re: “slanderous article”
      Slanderous – I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

      Reporting on what a public figure said/did is not slander….it’s *reporting*.

  • Chris7

    but he did make the donation …..under false representation….this shot is a joke

    first look at what lucky said look at what lucky said……then it’s not true and …..he gave the money, who gives a shit he did it under false pretense

  • Surykaty

    Anyone buying the shit that alt-right are nazis are seriously dumb. The alt-right doesn’t even exist yet to have specific leanings.

    • Anthony Clay

      Wait…You’re saying that the alt-right *isn’t* real? Maybe their mascot isn’t actually Pepe the Frog? …the one often seen in nazi regalia?

      • Surykaty

        Yes you have read correctly.. I have been at the forums that are claimed to be alt-right now since forever. First it was a place where mostly libertarian and freedom liking folks posted their baggage but since Trump came about and stuff like “safe spaces” and the overly vocal “SJWs” people found out it’s great fun to make fun of these people and use ridicule. Now that Milo Yiannopoulos came around as a vocal and very visual gay conservative dude he’s been accepted by the so called alt-right even though he’s now a flaming gay, black guy fetish loving, fat-shaming, blm hating freak.

        Sure there are people posting shit about races but when you look at the replies and many of the topics you can see that they on regular basis make fun and great ridicule even about many types of typical white races. Everybody’s game even if you are blonde and blue eyed because historically, blonde and blue eyed people have very little historical achievements under their belt which is a simple statistical and historical truth.

        There are even folks who are anarchists and shit… alt-right simply doesn’t exist as it’s an extremely innaccurate term for an extremely diverse group of people who like to be “very politically incorrect” – VPCI would be a much better name for the “group”

      • LIV

        Poor Pepe the Frog…

      • LIV

        Pepe the frog was hijacked, even the creator doesn’t get the association with a hate symbol.

  • James Friedman

    People not located in the US are like WTF??? Why punish us? I really just want this election to be over. I don’t care who wins cause I don’t have a horse in the race. Leave your political views out of this industry please.

    • DougP

      Re: “I don’t care who wins cause I don’t have a horse in the race”
      So what planet do you live on, such that you (/your country) can’t be impacted by what happens in the US?
      “Global financial meltdown” includes the world *global* for a reason….there’s a plethora of ways pres of US can impact the world/world economy & geo-political stability.

      • James Friedman

        I actually live in the US and outside of DC so I have to deal with these types of arguments and opinions every day. I hate both candidates equally so I just don’t care anymore. You’re correct though, the world looks at us and judges us. I just don’t think they would stop doing business with us because of Trump or Hillary. Either candidate will be a one term wonder and there is ZERO chance this gets past 4 years.

        • Joseph Woosley

          i’m going to 100% agree that whoever gets elected just has the one term. Provided they don’t get shot by the crazies on either side. People are really nuts these days.

      • G-man

        and the largest economic shifts and recessions of the past several hundred years have pretty much all been due to speculation and then panic from people with the control over finances. fuck all to do with what political leader anywhere is doing, at most they step in afterward everything has gone wrong and give more money to the people who fucked up

  • pixelperfect3

    His girlfriend is a known Trump/alt-right supporter and is pro gamergate. I’m sure Luckey just “tolerates” it right?

    • Taun

      Do you really think he’s had sex with any other woman? JK 😉

      Here’s my serious response. He’s a Libertarian. They tend to be live & let live to a certain extent. Besides, while some ‘pro gamergaters’ are the misogynist gamergaters, others are the anti-media corruption diehards. The second group stays with a tainted group out of ‘priciple’, instead of separating themselves. So then they are conflated with the immature macho asshats of the first group. I’d have to see her post to see what type she is.

      Not to mention that while most racists are part of the alt-right, that doesn’t mean the whole of the alt-right is racist. Common logical fallacy. Much of what is said on that side comes from ignorance, cultual isolation, & a lack of perspective. That doesn’t mean that once in a while they won’t pick up a valid point (for the wrong reasons often). To be truthful, the struggle between left & right is insignificant compared to the fundamental differences between the Corporatists & the Populists. The rage they feel isn’t wrong persay, it’s just incredibly misdirected.

      • pixelperfect3

        you only need to look at her twitter feed to know what she is about. she also supports milo, which says everything

        • Taun

          You’d have to give me a direct link for me to judge her for myself. I don’t follow twitter, & I have no clue who milo is.

          • DougP

            Re: “You’d have to give me a direct link”
            Google is your friend.

          • Taun

            Google did not provide what you suggest.

          • Joseph Woosley

            I only vaguely remember GamerGate thing. Something about sexism in gaming? But I mean it nearly goes without saying as 80% of the guys I’ve talked to on the internet whether because of feeling empowered through anonymity or their just genuine assholes are hostile or sexist towards the opposite sex in game play. The idea of gamer politics just makes me want to shoot myself anyway. Strictly speaking it’s just plain sexism as I hate giving everything double labels. People who insist on using Google to get the cliff notes version of information also make irritate the hell out of me so I support your wanting more information Taun.

          • Ringo’sReckoning

            You’re one ugly MFer buddy…you make the perfect white knight….here’s a hint….you still will not get laid…..lol

          • Joseph Woosley

            Ringo, says the guy with a cowboy icon….ok….you handsome troll 🙂 Funny that your concerned with my sex life, but reverse psychology won’t work. I’m still not interested in you friend. 😉 I’m doing alright buddy been in the same relationship for 13 years, but again thanks for your concern. Besides if your not 12, then I’m not sure what your excuse would be for being so ignorant and superficial. 🙂

          • DougP

            Re: “Google did not provide what you suggest.”
            I should’ve been more specific – you’ll have to CLICK on articles and then READ them… Google doesn’t completely do that for you yet, takes a little knowledge & effort to research but it’s worth it in the end to learn how.

          • Taun

            How about this. The articles don’t show what you’re saying. I’m assuming you’re NUTS, a liar, or a troll unless you provide proof to back up your assertions. Considering your response here, I’m guessing troll.

        • Satoshi Kamasutra

          Oh my God, she likes a writer you disagree with! She must be a Nazi!

  • monkey

    So we’re all going to keep calling this guy a white supremacist without posting any evidence that he actually funded anything like that? Where are the racist memes created specifically by the “meme factory” he supposedly financed with just $10k?

    • Taun

      I have yet to see any myself. Only that anti-Hillary meme ‘Too Big to Jail’. If they exist I’d really like it if people would provide links.

  • Pete

    I’m really proud of the devs that are standing up to this type of bigotry.

    • G-man

      yeah, how dare someone have a different political opinion. we must stand up to this blatant wrong think.

      • silvaring

        burn the witch mentality.

  • Tom Daigon

    Its good to see a persons true colors so we know how we want to respond. They have a right to support an asshat like Trump, but we get to judge them for it based on our views and act accordingly!

    • Smokey_the_Bear

      I agree, It’s kinda nice knowing where he politically stands…I might just have to buy an Oculus now. But then my money would also be going to the far leftist Zuckerberg…..decisions, decisions.

  • Layne Harris

    Giving money to a hate group, especially being such a public figure, speaks more than any single reddit post or statement he may or may have not made. It’s disturbing that as a CEO he did not have the awareness to recognize how this type of action might be perceived by the larger public. From purely a business standpoint, what a poor choice of action to take for someone who is trying to grow a large audience of new users.

  • inwerp

    what a great media pitch for hypercube.

  • Tom Daigon

    Its good to see a persons true colors so we know how we want to respond. They have a right to support an asshat like Trump, but we get to judge them for it based on our views and act accordingly!

    • Ringo’sReckoning

      Tit for tat, If you support SHillary you are a pathetic follow the herd mentality type. You see the truth but ignore because you all believe your own lies after telling them so long. Pathetic.

  • Mike Dooling

    Frankly, I just think this is an excuse for these developers to NOT deliver Oculus VR to their customers.

    Many of us give campaign contributions to parties, candidates and other organizations – when we do, we’re required to include our employer information under Federal Election Commission guidelines. Just because I give $1000 to Gary Johnson doesn’t mean that my employer supports them.

    Funny, how this is all coming out when the Democrats are now actively attacking Libertarians over the last week or so – once they discovered that so many millennials are considering the less divisive third parties instead of the fear-mongering major parties who just give lip service to the issues most Americans find important.

    All this is hype, and developers trying to find a reason to get into the media, get their name out there for publicity, and NOT deliver functionality, while trying to shape public opinion – JUST like they accuse Luckey of doing, oddly enough. Y’all going to be sheeple and fall for it without seeing the hypocrisy? This is all a game – don’t trust the government, corporations or media. In this information age, ignorance is a choice. Diversify your sources and think critically. Follow the money, and don’t be blinded by any one line of thought.

  • Richard Bottoms

    Black folks don’t care who Palmer Luckey votes for, we care who hangs with. Milo Yiannopolous is not some Libertarian goofball like Tim Draper, he’s a white nationalist, Nazi-Lite scumbag. That the lily white scions of Silicon Valley vote GOP is not news, that one of the rising companies in that already melanin deprived eco-system got itself associated with racist dirtbags only highlight the lack of sincerity in making the place inclusive.

    • OSM

      Milo is neither libertarian nor Nazi, he’s a tabloid writer who prospers by making people very upset.

      • Richard Bottoms

        Assuming the persona of a racist for the lols & the cash is no different than being one. He doesn’t upset me, he is a clown performing for creeps who basically learned not to say nigger out loud.

        • OSM

          This just sounds like a sense of humour failure.

          • Richard Bottoms

            My father was on Omaha Beach fighting the Nazis before he could vote without being lynched. I have no sense of humor on the subject.

          • OSM

            I didn’t realise that world war 2 and internet trolling were the same subject.

          • Richard Bottoms

            Fortunately. I don’t care what you think.

          • OSM

            Your continued interest in talking to me says otherwise.

      • Richard Bottoms

        And I would care at all, except these closet racists are the HR, hiring managers and decision makers of Silicon Valley companies. I don’t give a damn if you hate me in private, but when affect my wallet I care a hell of a lot.

  • LIV

    Wow politics sets fire to the comment board.

  • Sigh at all the liberals throwing out the word racism again. Really, really sad how intolerant the left is.

  • gacl

    Palmer Luckey should follow Peter Thiel and fully embrace Trump. Go Thiel, Go Luckey, Go Occulus, Go innovation, Go Trump!