OK, Chris Yeh of Yahoo! openly apologized about having "Hack Girls" in the Yahoo! Open Hack Day in Taiwan. I understand that there were waves of complaints in the English-speaking part of the world that drove Yahoo! to apologize. But since none of the English-speaking complainers were in the event, the complaints were based on pictures and/or a video that has been taken down.
- X, being in the Open Hack Day for both 2008 and 2009, complained about 2 things last year on her blog (in Chinese):
- the loud music distracted her and her team from coding;
- the dance girls pulled attendees to stage, interfering with developers' hacking work.
- Y's friend said Y didn't care.
- A male friend wrote on his plurk microblog that he enjoyed the Open Hack Day event overall, but felt uncomfortable in those few dancing minutes. He also thought that dance girls pulling attendees to stage is over the line.
- Several others view that "it was a distraction", pointing to the loud music, but not the dance because
- some of them were trying to keep coding;
- the rest didn't bother to watch.
- Some didn't even bother to comment on it, instead complained that some teams came with a half-baked project and the competition wasn't fair.