Yahoo hires strippers for hackers


Yahoo has issued a public apology for an event that occurred at their recent Hack Day in Taiwan. Apparently they  hired strippers for the event, two years in a row. The girls did their usual bump and grind all over some poor hackers. Poor guys. While there is a part of us that says, “what about the little girls getting into hacking?” the other part of us says, well, you know what it says.  Wow, we’re suddenly feeling the urge to use yahoo for all of our services. How peculiar.

[via BoingBoing]


  1. Mic says:

    I hear it’s wild tia-poon season over there about this time of the year.

  2. grovenstien says:

    I feel sorry for the guys having scantaly clad young ladies grinding against them! How unfourtunate indeed! (sarcastic alert for the trolls)

    I think yahoo should have been called yeehaa then i would use it.

    ohh and i have nothing useful to say!

  3. Hackius says:

    Why was yahoo forced to make an apology? Stripers are legal and it was in Taiwan not puritan land US

  4. babble says:

    yahoo rule

  5. lol says:

    No “see video after the break”?

  6. Skitchin says:

    Jesus christ, not just any strippers, but CLASSY tai strippers! Probably not appropriate @ a family company level, but I guess you guys know what to get me for Christmas :D

  7. Mr. Sandman says:

    Best hack ever.

  8. sly says:

    “Wow, we’re suddenly feeling the urge to use yahoo for all of our services.”

    or should that be…

    Wow, we’re suddenly feeling the urge to use yahoo to get serviced.

  9. Boudico says:

    I didn’t know Yahoo owned Craigslist..? ;)

  10. supaduck says:


  11. shazzner says:

    After reading a bunch of geek-feminism blogs I understand this is a pretty sexist.

    Why the heck are there strippers at this event anyway? It’d be like going to a UN summit and whoops let’s break out the S&M gimps; sure some of ya’ll are into this.

  12. Steveo says:

    Being Tai strippers they were probably shemales anyway. not sexest just equal opportunity

  13. captain says:

    Where is this Yahoo that you speak of? The closest thing to his in the Federation is the Ferengi parlors and holosuites.

    Perhaps this Yahoo is being run by undercover Ferengi posing as humans in the early twenty-first century.

    I’ll be sure to “investigate” this matter and report to Starfleet.

  14. sparx says:

    As a faithful female reader, I’m not exactly sure why this belongs on hack-a-day.

  15. charliex says:

    as a faithful male reader, i’m exactly sure why this belongs on hack-a-day.

  16. as a faithful guy reader, i’m going to the next hack day in taiwan. Remember, what happens in taiwan stays in taiwan, except herpes.

  17. Hackius says:

    @shazzner Have you ever been to a big lan party in asia or Europe? Strippers are common at big organised events like that

  18. VIPER! says:

    Is there an echo in here?

  19. VV says:

    I’m sure all the guys at this event were totally horrified at this action by the guys at Yahoo, I mean how incosiderate..

    On a serious note, Why does this matter!? “Oh were sorry we got some lapdancers in to spice an event up”

    What will it be next?

  20. shazzner says:

    @Hackius no, but that doesn’t make it any less inappropriate or ostracizing

  21. totally a hack says:

    bout time to see a real hack hahahaha

  22. pookie says:

    I wonder kind of music the strippers dance to. Maybe it’s the Yahoo jingle from the tv commercial:


  23. branno says:

    @ Skitchin and Steveo

    You make me sad. People from Taiwan are called Taiwanese, not Thai. Thai people are from Thailand. And it’s spelled Thai, not tai.

    Seriously , people.

  24. shazzner says:

    @branno people who cannot differentiate between being a rugged edgy non-conformist with lazy manchild sexism would really know obscure details like the difference between Thailand and Taiwan, eh?

  25. mars says:

    What the hell!?

  26. TJ says:

    I guess this will teach hackers not to bring their wives / girlfriends to these events and spoil it for everyone…

    ESPECIALLY the female hackers who would have been laughing hard at some socially retarded nerd getting a lapdance trying not to soil his trousers..

  27. tinker monkey says:

    so like next year they will bring some chippendales?

  28. svofski says:

    Reminds me of

  29. Skitchin says:

    @ branno: You must be a pretty sad person if you get all butt hurt over two guys on the internet abbreviating words. I said Tai asshole, not Thai. Correct me in person, see if I don’t knock you off that fucking high horse.

  30. CH says:

    @sparx Is that really alright? It seems like you’re implying your gender means what you say on the issue is more meaningful; Are we discounting the opinion of all males on the issue then?

    I don’t mean to sound so harsh, but testimony is a poor form of evidence.

  31. Kyoorius says:

    I’m sure there are men in other countries that are offended by the uncovered faces of women. Perhaps Yahoo should bow to the will of those groups also and enforce burqas as a dress code for all women who attend.

  32. lov2xlr8 says:

    what, no arduino’s?

  33. sparx says:

    @CH – point taken and you’re right, as I can see both male *and* female readers are scratching their head over this. Rather it just should have said: why is this a hack? Oh well.

  34. sparx says:

    IF the strippers had been wearing some programmable LEDs then yeah, I’d consider this much more hack-a-day worthy ;)

  35. DubMuffin says:

    Wow. Through thick and thin I’ve read this site for years now. And this (Mike) is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Goodbye.

  36. David says:

    The rest of you are just arrogant beyond your mean’s.

    I think having female entertainer’s is a cool idea. Not just because I’m male either. It’s because there’s no reason to deny the humanistic side of society that is so often shoved into the dark region’s of society status quo. Men are attracted to sexy women. Everyone knows this. It’s not like the women attending the event were forced to dance for the men, or even to partake in the stripper’s.

    Sound’s like the same people that condemned Bush for his behavior towards morality are taking up the same justification to enforce their own upon other’s….

  37. Concino says:

    Dummm tiss dummm tiss

    Dont cha wish your company event was hot like this
    Dont cha wish your company event was a freak like this
    Dont cha, dont cha

    Sorry couldn’t resists :P
    I’ll be visiting Yahoo’s booth at the next RSA conference, maybe they give away a dance for free. And I thought Google was cool ;o)

  38. Edd says:

    I take it I’m the only one that read that as “Yahoo hi-res strippers for hackers” and then thought wtf.

  39. shazzner says:

    No, you see, having strippers is actually for the good of women. Help make them a little less uptight, am I right fellas? Whoa, girls, don’t get all hysterical on me. Damn must be that time of the month, eh?

  40. ewertz says:

    Ya… ho?!?

  41. A. Noni Mouse says:

    So everybody cares about exotic dancers but nobody cared about Yahoo turning over bloggers to the Chinese government to kidnap and torture?

    WTF is wrong with people?

  42. markii says:

    …yeehaa, haha!

  43. Doug says:

    So everybody cares about exotic dancers but nobody cared about Yahoo turning over bloggers to the Chinese government to kidnap and torture?

    Just the same old story noni mouse. Do what you will, and they don’t care unless it has something to do with sex. The self described, morally ambiguous moral majorty are the scourge of the Earth.

  44. Stick says:

    Right on shazzner!

  45. Frogz says:

    holy….crap… “not a hack” posts… and I agree, no vid after break??? if yahoo is doing this….think of the crazy stuff google must do to 1 up them

  46. tech123 says:

    they better have strippers next year……….

  47. foober says:

    Man! The most *I* ever got at a conference was a t-shirt. I’ve been going to the _wrong_ conferences!

    Where do I sign up?

  48. anon says:

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s incredibly ironic that BoingBoing is up in arms about it, when they run ads for porn websites, and their articles and homepage are frequently NSFW?

  49. Kyoorius says:

    Those ARE the dissident bloggers on stage being publicly tortured and ridiculed by female interrogators. When reminds me.. I better get around to starting that blog..

  50. Philippe says:


    Has any of you though about the anguish of a gay hacker forced to laugh with the audience and pretend he is into girls?
    Another example of the heterocentrist society we live in. It’s straight pride 364 days a year, and this in another sorry example. Yuck!

    Oh, I forgot, gay guys are not real guys… of course, there can’t be a gay hacker.

    Don’t assume I’m straight, I won’t assume you’re an a**hole…

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