What confuses me is the timing. Why the outrage now? Where were the demands that he be dismissed from the Seed board 4 months ago, when the comments were first made? Lost in the shock of what he had said? Maybe there are goings-on behind the scenes that I'm not aware of, but to an outside observer it seems strange. Worse, most of the above bloggers make the point that October's outburst wasn't an isolated incident, but that Watson has a history of racist, sexist and otherwise demeaning or insensitive remarks. Watson was added to the Seed board in 2005, scienceblogs.com was launched in 2006. Why would these bloggers sign on to work for, as one of them puts it, a "racist corporate overlord"?
Odd timing aside, the real question is: Should Watson get a free pass because of his contributions to biology? Or should he continue to be punished for statements he has made (and apologized for)? What do you think?