I’m probably burning this bridge before stepping on it, and it would be unlike me to report on another sire’s beef, but this just boggles the mind to unfathomable, Jeff Gerstmann levels. Ryan Perez, then-Editor at Destructoid, made a Tweet where he questioned how much gaming personality Felicia Day has contributed. The tweet after the break.
The Tweet stated:
Does Felicia Day matter at all? I mean does she actually contribute anything useful to this industry, besides retaining a geek persona? @feliciaday, I keep seeing everywhere. Question: Do you matter at all? Do you even provide anything useful to gaming, besides “personality?Could you be considered nothing more than a glorified booth babe? You don’t seem to add anything creative to the medium.
Need I point out that this was on Perez’s personal, non-DToid Twitter account.
I do not know much about Ms. Day nor about Perez. I don’t care about the legality, the etiquette, nor the tone of anything that’s happening here. I’m completely objective in this regard. But to outright terminate an editor for simply stating an opinion, one that would in no way negatively impact DToid as a whole, is just uncalled for. If anything, if they wanted to do anything to Perez, a slap on the wrist (literally) would’ve been pushing it. But termination? I mean, editors are hard workers. They’ve got bills to pay, people to please, and mouths to feed. It’s their life. Their income. Something as little as two sentences is not enough to fire someone and cut them off of their life blood and shit on years of their work. You just don’t do that. I mean, would the same fate befall him if he made comments about Olivia Munn? Kate Cox? Jessica Chobot? Phil Fish? David Jaffe? Adam Sessler? Though so.
Since the firing Perez has gone on to apologize and regrets what he said. But why though? This was an opinion he said on his own, personal twitter. One of their biggest editors makes a living on this, and no one’s batted an eye or thought, “Y’know, I don’t like your opinion. You’re fired.” So you you know what Perez, stop apologizing for something you have a right as human being in the United States of America to do. You said what you said and no one can take that away from you. And shame on you Destructoid for firing a person for expressing the very thing you and your editors do for a living.
[UPDATE: Dale North, Editor-In-Chief of Destructoid, responds to the issue]