Palmer Luckey Responds To Apple Founder Steve Wozniak Criticism: “You Can’t Please Everyone”

by Jamie Feltham • April 21st, 2017

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has responded to a comment from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak expressing disappointment in the Oculus Rift inventor.

Luckey left Oculus owner Facebook in late March after months of silence following the revelation that he had funded a controversial political campaign. As reported by Forbes, Wozniak recently stated that he was “disappointed” in Luckey’s actions, adding: “Why do you hide and try and do something anonymously — it’s because you feel it’s wrong. He didn’t want to take personal responsibility.”

This story was flagged up on Reddit, where Luckey himself recently resurfaced, three weeks after leaving Facebook.

Replying specifically to the above comment, he said: “Some people want founders to keep their politics private and away from their business, others think they should do everything out in the open in a vocal way. You can’t make everyone happy, and there are good arguments on both sides, but it is clear that people who happen to align with opinions held by the majority of the media come out ahead either way.”

Luckey went on to refute the idea idea that doing something anonymously implied doing something wrong, calling it a “dangerous” idea. “It is a significant factor in the ongoing erosion of our digital liberties, and is used to justify things like mass data collection and encryption backdoors,” he said.

It’s the first time Luckey has addressed the events since issuing an apology in September 2016.

“All of the outright lies by the media demonstrated exactly why you should stay out of the spotlight if your views don’t happen to align with the mainstream press,” Luckey later added.

Luckey’s comments are particularly interesting given the nature of his departure from Facebook, and seem to broadly address the vast amount of criticism the 24 year old faced late last year. Now that he’s separate from the company, though, the big question is what he’ll do next.

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  • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

    “All of the outright lies by the media…”

    What lies would they be Palmer?

    Palmer has shares in Oculus/Facebook. If you do buy any Oculus hardware or software then you’re lining Palmer’s alt-right, Trump-loving pockets.

    • smitethee

      Good 🙂

    • 1droidfan

      So you actually believe everything you read in the mainstream media? Wow. You really dont have the brain to criticize Palmer here, his statements are several levels above your intelligence. I hope you are simply a child, and will grow up to think for yourself one day.

      • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

        Everything we’ve read about Palmer and his financing of an alt-right, pro-Trump group was correct. Everything, apart from Palmer’s Facebook statement.

        • smitethee

          Palmer achieves more before breakfast, than you will in your entire miserable life 🙂

          • Jim Cherry

            nice argument what has he,palmer that is, done for me lately ;}

        • 1droidfan

          Not sure what you are getting at here, is that your case for your stand that the mainstream media does not lie? Because thats the bit you quoted from him that you disagreed with. You are not making a point towards your goal just so you know.

          • NooYawker

            1 droid fan. That’s all I need to know about your intelligence.
            Where do you get “real” news from btw.

      • NooYawker

        No one should believe everything they read anywhere but everyone has a right to criticize Palmer if they wish. The Woz is right, Palmer hid in the shadows, aligned himself with a openly racist people to troll Hillary Clinton and promote fake news.
        Do I believe supporting oculus/facebook supports the alt-right? No, but nothing Palmer said is above anyone’s intelligence. “can’t please everyone” How the fuck is that an intelligent response to Woz?

        • 1droidfan

          So you are going to be just like the mainstream media and pick and chose which parts of his quote to make relevant? That little bit he said about pleasing everybody was just a minute bit of text in what was otherwise a clear and concise point that if your views dont align with the mainstream media you are heavily criticized for being public with those views. That was the point he made, if you cant read that from his statement, and instead are sticking with the ‘cant please everybody’ bit then you dont have the intelligence to be in a debate with me. Goodbye.

        • Pvblivs

          “How the fuck is that an intelligent response to Woz?”

          Because of the overall response that you deliberately overlooked. Different people want different things. As he correctly pointed out, many people want businessmen to keep their political support and their private lives private. But you ignore that part because it doesn’t suit your narrative, does it?

    • jimrp

      I bought one. Snowflake.

    • Bundy

      I bought a rift, because I liked its technology. I knew about, but didn’t give two shits, about Palmer’s politics.

      Not everything needs to be a hill to die on, bud.

      • Paul Schuyler

        Absolutely right on. Please ‘politicos’, keep your opinions off of everyone’s backs. I’m entirely entitled to enjoy and participate in VR without the mob mentality ruling my political choices.

        I was totally neutral and skeptical in both directions and still am. But hearing all these whiners out there picking on someone for not supporting their specific beliefs pushes me hard in the OTHER direction (whichever one that may be).

        • Bundy

          Wouldn’t it be funny if it turned out Gabe was this ultra right winger. What would these guys do then?

          Politically my beliefs fall more so on the left side than the right. But I dont care what yours are, or Palmer’s or Zuckerberg’s. Last I checked people were free to think and vote how they wanted, unmolested. That counts for people on all sides.

          • NooYawker

            It’s not their political views. It’s their actions. Like woz said. Palmer hide hat he was doing because he knew it was wrong.

          • Bundy

            It’s suddenly illegal and immoral to donate to politics? Maybe he just didn’t want some people freaking out about it. People like certain folks in this forum who instantly assign a person’s politics to everything else in their lives.

          • NooYawker

            Is that what you think he did? Just donate to trump? Ok go catch and then come back.

          • Bundy

            Enlighten us then. What did he do? And why isn’t he in jail for it if it’s so bad?

          • NooYawker

            Are you being serious? You don’t know what he wasn’t involved in and think everyone is angry about him being a trump supporter and donating money. Seriously. Is that all you think there is? Because I’m not here to educate trump supporters. Thats not possible. If you don’t know that’s on you.

          • Bundy

            Tell us, what was he involved in, other than the Nimble crap. What? You have no idea. Do you.

            And by the way, I’m no Trump supporter. I disagree with pretty much everything he says and does. But I’m done with your arrogance. So onto the blocked list for you!

          • NooYawker

            Lol. Yea block me for speaking the truth. No skin off my back. Just shows who you are.

          • Toby Zuijdveld

            Do you have anything intelligent to add to the conversation? Like a citation or something? Or are you just shitposting?

          • Paul Schuyler

            I can’t say for sure. But I do know that many high profile Silicon Valley folks have had all kinds of pressure put on them for their political beliefs. If I were Palmer, it would make sense to hide my views from the masses.

          • NooYawker

            I’m not sure if everyone isn’t informed or just ignoring what lucky did. This has nothing to do with just who lucky supports. It was his low level behavior, smear campaign, promoting fake news and his racist associations.

          • Jim Cherry

            he never admitted to those things so his fans will not admit that he did any of it.

          • Paul Schuyler

            Just a guess, but Gabe Newell seems too intelligent to NOT have independent beliefs. After all, Valve doesn’t follow most industry conventions. I doubt they’d want to bend to the ‘mob’ pressure…please the masses exactly or suffer consequences to your business. That’s the chaotic leftist activism I’m railing against.

          • NooYawker

            I wouldn’t be surprised if gabe was as a conservative. That’s fine there’s nothing wrong with that. Now if gabe took part in pushing fake news and promoting a smear campaign in secret then that’s a different story. Everyone has a right to their opinion and political affiliation.

          • Jim Cherry

            I wish gabe was conservative i already dislike the fact half life 3 isnt a thing i could explain it with a of course half life 3 isnt a thing whose going to pay for it conservative line.

          • Jim Cherry

            unmolested is the goal of the civil rights movement unfortunately its a lofty goal

  • Ted Joseph

    Not sure if Luckey supported Trump, but if he did, he is a hero in my book. Trump is kicking ASS already:

    Trumps accomplishments so far:
    Ease the burden of Obamacare
    Freezing regulations
    Withdrawing from TPP
    Federal government hiring freeze
    No federal funds for US NGOS relating to abortions abroad
    Advances Key Stone pipelines
    Border Wall construction
    Stopping sanctuary cities through defunding federal funds
    Extreme vetting and temporary travel ban
    Rebuild the military
    Hire 10000 ICE workers
    Drafted plan to defeat ISIS
    Sanctioned Iran over missile program
    Bombed Syria Airforce base for chemical warfare on its own people
    5 year lobbying ban
    Nominated Judge Gorsuch to supreme court
    Signed a house joint resolution 38 to help the coal industry
    Sanctioned Iran of their ballistic missile program
    Negotiated lower prices for F-35 fighter jets and AF1
    Worked with companies like Intel, Ford, and GM to create jobs
    Created task force to reduce crime
    Signed executive orders to protect police officers
    Signed executive orders to target drug cartels
    Launched council for advancement of women entrepreneurs
    Called or met with over 30 foreign leaders
    Reduced illegal border traffic

    Is the press (like CNN – Clinton News Network) reporting on any of these accomplishments? No! They would rather spew hatred to the American People to divide us. It wont work! The truth is out there for everyone to SEE! GO TRUMP!

    • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

      You forgot to mention his tax returns, golden showers and his friends in Russia.

      • PopularTugboat

        golden showers lol, that is funny to me.. who are his friends in Russia? what exactly did they do? why would it be a bad thing to be friendly with a sophisticated and highly armed neighboring country?

    • NooYawker

      Everything you listed is bullshit, an outright lie, or not something anyone should be happy about.
      How did he ease Obamacare? He failed to get it replaced.
      He’s not freezing regulations he’s destroying them and in the process destroying protection for the consumer, like rolling back privacy laws.
      Federal government hiring freeze is ridiculous, there’s 100’s of seats that were vacated with the changing of the guard that MUST be filled to run the government. It’s such a childish simplistic solution to a complex issue.
      I could go on but it’s obvious you’re either trolling to get a response or actually that clueless!!!

      I particularly like the “drafted plan to defeat ISIS” It’s just so… Trump.

      • PopularTugboat

        You probably also believe that ‘illegal’ immigrants are an integral part of society?

        • FloridaOJ

          As a fellow person who doesn’t hate Trump, I wonder… what does your question have to do with what his comment addresses?

        • NooYawker

          No I don’t believe that. But he fact you injected that speaks volumes about yourself. You know who believes illegal immigrants is integral to his business? Trump he hires thousands of them every year. And I bet you don’t mind looking the other way when an illegal saves you money like a typical hypocrite aka conservative.

    • Sebastien Mathieu

      Trump is an asshole PERIOD…

      • koenshaku

        Why is that? It was british intelligence info well before he was elected and he still haven’t produced his tax returns. You support that he doesn’t?

    • koenshaku

      This guy is so far gone down the rabbits hole he doesn’t even know what the world looks like anymore. A prime example as why you should look for bi-partisan reporting instead of being mystified in your rabbit hole Fox News lol. Trump hasn’t done anything but make americans look like ignorant and you are an example of that, but in your case you are just ignorant. It’s not an insult just fact check your stuff and take off the blinders CNN actually supported Trump more with unprecedented free press and the like during the election cycle. Then when they started just reporting after it was over Trump deemed them fake news because he behaves like a whimsical child and regular reporting just points that out..

  • Robbie Cartwright

    Wow. Seems we haven’t heard the last from Mr. Luckey. ^^

    • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

      Sadly.

  • Jack Liddon

    He sounds like too many of the paranoid douche bags that seem to be taking over our government. Screw him. I appreciate what he contributed to the VR world, but he can’t really expect to shit wear he eats and not feel the repercussions.

    • polysix

      YOu sound like one too many of the media fed sheeple who can’t think for themselves, but what’s new with lib-tards and SJWs.

      • Jim Cherry

        you sound like a an antisocial warrior

      • koenshaku

        “media fed”? What does that even mean where else do you go to eat your sources for information? If you live in flint michigan you just continue to drink the water because the it was the media that told you it was contaminated? Common dude news is important I always listen to talk radio it tells me things what routes have the best traffic and useful stuff like I dunno a tornado warnings.. liberals, conversatives, democrats or whatever it is important to understand their views for people to “think for themselves” making comments like these just makes you sound like a partisan person that probably listens to infowars. Admittedly I used to listen to the podcast, I stopped for two reasons AJ sounds like an unhinged nut and callers are sound crazier. Then of course I understood the point of the name, infowars is a war against information, typical fact less info with no source or a source you never heard of supporting conspiracy nonsense.

        I look back at a friend that thinks the world is flat and I glad that I stopped listening to that drivel myself.

  • Fear Monkey

    He is obviously a conservative working in liberalville at liberal center and didnt want libs to freak out because the tolerant left is only tolerant if you think and believe as they do. Woz is wrong here, the fact that people freaked out shows Luckey was right to keep it anonymous.

    • koenshaku

      The fact that he tried to hide it is what gave him the negative attention even more so I would say. The Patriots and Tom Brady support Trump openly and you don’t see much backlash there. The level of what he was doing anonymously led you do believe he could have been behind many fake news campaigns in social media during the election why? Because he is doing it anonymously..

  • Trowsers

    Bye Felicia!

  • polysix

    Welcome back, he did fuck all wrong. The media/lib-tards got butt hurt massively, even more so when Trump won. They have to throw their baby tantrum shit at someone and he made a good scapegoat. The whole thing was pathetic how masses of supposedly sane, tolerant adults, witch hunted him for basically fuck all (that in the end didn’t even matter as they – the libs – were so sure they’d win and didn’t so the whole indignant BS act was a waste of time cos they are actually IN THE MINORITY go figure…).

    They should have been on his case for many broken facebook promises but not this, thank god hes out of facebook and can actually do some good with VR again. Grab Carmack too and start a new company!

    • Boobox

      The guy wasn’t ousted because he was a conservative. He was ousted because he was constantly giving them bad press and then he lost them 500 million dollars. That pretty much nailed the coffin.

  • Boobox

    People in their 20’s are stupid as fuck. I realize that I was stupid then. I imagine that becoming incredibly rich at such a young age will only solidify his terrible opinions of the world. He’ll forever lack perspective.
    Sometimes I think the voting age should be 30.

    • PopularTugboat

      To comply with the ignorance of this statement, I believe the legal voting age should be 5 or 6. Age base-range dependent upon state or parental agreement as to when they wish their child enter kindergarten.

    • Jim Cherry

      you assume alot of people under 30 actually vote when we all know that was only the case in 2008.

  • Lucky did something he has every personal and legal right to do–I don’t give a flying f**k how much anyone disagrees with it as long as it’s in his own time and private/personal life and he’s not doing anything properly dangerous or illegal–and he was persecuted by the mainstream/entertainment media and across ignorant/sheepish “social” media simply because it didn’t align with the OTT PC zeitgeist of the moment. He’s totally right in what he says above: We really should worry about how much everything we do and say is not tracked and analysed to a fine degree by everyone online; because while it might just be little things how, what happens when you are threatened with legal actions, actually charged and fined, or even put in prison for simply disagreeing with the popular opinions and views of the moment. . . . You might think that’s ridiculous, but think of all the times in recent years where you’ve heard of someone getting fired, or someone getting in legal trouble, or whatever over saying or doing something that they are technically and legally well within their right to do but it just so happens to go against what the mainstream media and political factions would like them to say and do. . . .