The Intolerancers are all around us, it seems. They somehow grew up among us yet preserved a new and alien culture. They are anti-Americans now exercising power against others in America.
I am referring to people like the majority of Mozilla employees, who got there CEO fired for contributing to the defense of real marriage years earlier when he held to the same view enunciated by President Barack Obama. I am also referring, it seems, to the leadership of Turtle Rock Studios, a video game production company. One of their employees tweeted the following:
Here’s an unpopular opinion: Donald Sterling has the right as an American to be an old bigot in the security of his own home. He’s a victim.
— Josh Olin (@JD_2020) April 30, 2014
I think his position is debatable. One could say the NFL has a way of determining membership rules. But Josh Olin made it clear he was referring to what he regarded as illegal wiretapping. I know that the girlfriend has claimed the recording was legal, but I’m not sure that is true.
But, according to Turtle Rock Studios, nothing was debatable. According to the Truth Revolt,
While Olin’s “unpopular” opinion is actually a basic undergirding principle of both natural and constitutional law in the United States of America, that did not stop Turtle Rock Studio from quickly axing him and declaring that they do not “support those views.”
They tweeted about him as their “former community manager,” and assured readers that his views “stand in stark contrast to our values.” You can see their tweets here and here, and take some comfort in the pushback they received from readers (though there is also much filthy talk).
Turtle Rock, whose staff photograph looks as white and pasty as it is possible for any group to be, is basically bragging that they believe a person should have his private conversations recorded without his knowledge and then displayed for the world. They think this saves their reputation in the business and gaming world. Furthermore, anyone who disagrees with their position deserves to be immediately fired.
Who wants to live in this agree-with-us-or-lose-your-job world? I’m not claiming Turtle Rock violated the First Amendment. They didn’t. But the company is obviously run by jerks. They are professional Intolerancers.
Though it wasn’t necessary, Olin later wrote a clarifying statement to Game Informer:
Anyone who follows me knows my tweets were not in support of Sterling’s actions. Rather, they were promoting three core tenets I believe in: 1) The harm sensational media presents to society. 2) The importance and sanctity of your privacy within your own home. And 3) The right to be whatever you want to be as an American, as long as it isn’t hurting anyone else. That last point not to be confused with condoning Sterling’s actions, which I don’t.
That said, it’s disappointing to see that a select few in Turtle Rock and 2K Games management bought into this hysteria without even having a conversation with me – or even thoroughly reviewing the context of the tweets themselves. Ironically, it serves as a great example of why I hold tenet #1 above so close to heart. That said, everyone should totally still buy Evolve. The guys and gals making that game know their ***, and are making it good.
Olin kept it classy. But if Turtle Rock thinks firing people to punish them for thought crime is acceptable behavior, then I’m thinking I might divert my computer/video game resources to another studio.