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James Damore, the Google engineer who penned an anti-diversity manifesto that has shaken Silicon Valley, is seeking ‘legal remedies’ after his firing.
USA TODAY

SAN FRANCISCO — Anti-Google ads have appeared near Google’s offices in Venice, Calif.

The ads, which were first spotted by some on Twitter, call out Google’s response to a memo that went viral last week after it lambasted the company’s efforts to increase the number of women, African-Americans and Hispanics in technical roles. 

In one of the ads, Google CEO Sundar Pichai is pictured side by side late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Next to Jobs is a picture of the Apple logo with the company’s famous slogan “Think Different.” Next to Pichai is the Google logo but instead the text reads “Not So Much.”

This rogue billboard was pasted onto a bus stop board near Google’s offices in Venice Beach, on the corner of Rose Avenue and Main Street. The paste job is obviously unprofessional, with bubbles in the paste visibly apparent.

Down the street, at the corner of Brooks and tony Abbott Kinney Avenue are more protest sightings. Two bus benches get the treatment, with one, a repeat of the Jobs/Pichai Photoshop job, and another displaying the word “Goolag” in the same type and color as Google’s logo, a reference to Soviet camps in which as many 30 million prisoners are estimated to have been starved or worked to death between 1918 and 1956.  The posters are side by side each other. 

It is not clear who is behind the ads, but the content echoes defenses of the memo’s author, James Damore, who was swiftly fired from Google after the memo was made public. His firing has since become a lightening rod for the alt-right, a relatively new offshoot of conservatism that includes pundits and media personalities who espouse white supremacism, conspiracy theories like Pizzagate, and are savvy about using social networks to reach followers.