CEO fired after mocking teen for wearing dress to prom
A Tennessee-based CEO has lost his job after a viral video showed him ridiculing a teen for wearing a dress to his prom, WGN 9 reported.
In a TikTok video that has now gone viral, former VisuWell CEO Sam Johnson is seen taunting Franklin High School senior Dalton Stevens for what he wore to his school’s dance.
“You look like an idiot,” Johnson says to Stevens.
Stevens and his boyfriend insult Johnson as the former CEO continues to heckle the high school senior.
VisuWell released a statement on Monday on Twitter saying it fired Johnson after looking into the incident. The company condemned his remarks.
“We unequivocally condemn the behavior exhibited by Sam Johnson in a recent video widely circulated on social media,” VisuWell said in its statement. “After investigating the matter and speaking to individuals involved, the VisuWell Board of Directors has chosen to terminate Mr. Johnson from his position as CEO, effective immediately. Gerry Andrady, our President and COO, will lead the company through this important time.”
Here’s the teen’s boyfriend’s video response (The New York Post)
College freshman Jacob Geittmann was taking his partner, Dalton Stevens, 18, a high school senior, to prom on April 24 when the young men were allegedly harassed with “homophobic banter” by a middle-aged man at the Harpeth Hotel in downtown Franklin.
The perpetrator was later revealed as Sam Johnson, the CEO of Tennessee-based telemedicine company VisuWell.
Geittmann was dressed in a suit while Stevens donned a bright red tulle gown for the once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
“[Stevens] decided he wanted to wear a dress for senior prom to break the stigma around men wearing dresses. He looked gorgeous, everybody loved it, nobody had a problem with it,” Geittmann says in a two-minute video that unpacks the incident.
His videos of the incident, apparently a truncated version of the events, show Johnson lurking near the two promgoers with a noticeable smirk. While many of Johnson’s comments are inaudible, footage does capture the man attempting to swat Geittmann’s phone from his hands. Adult voices can also be heard in the background pleading with Johnson to let up on the couple.