An internal email from PlayStation President Jim Ryan contains several paragraphs about cats, but does not contain a strong stance in support of the reproductive rights of his staff, and even asks employees to “respect” anti opinions and views. -abortion, leaving many PlayStation employees angry. and upset.
As reported by Bloomberg earlier today and independently verified by Kotakuan email from PlayStation boss Jim Ryan discussing the recently leaked Supreme Court draft signaling that the court will overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ddecision was sent to PlayStation employees on Thursday, May 12. If the court does indeed overturn this landmark case, it would allow states to begin banning abortions of all kinds across the United States, making it harder than ever for people seeking abortions to get the care they need. they need and deserve. However, while Ryan’s email opens with a mention of this seemingly imminent and devastating blow to reproductive rightsthe PlayStation president avoids taking sides, instead asking the staff to “respect the differences of opinion” on both sides of the issue.
In the email, which Bloomberg saw and Kotaku confirmed to have been sent to internally hired staff, Ryan writes that the company, its employees and its players form a “multi-faceted and diverse” community and that they all have “many different points of view”. He also wrote that staff and the company “owe it to each other and to the millions of PlayStation users to respect the differences of opinion among everyone in our internal and external communities. Respect is not not equal to the deal. But it is fundamental to who we are as a company and as a valued global brand.
Kotaku contacted Sony and PlayStation about the email but did not hear back before publication.
Instead of taking a stand, promising to use company resources to help staff who may need abortions in the future, or at the very least offering a bland message of support for the right to abortion, Ryan spent much of the email talking about his cats. Seriously.
After barely paying lip service the destruction of access to safe and legal abortion in the United States, Ryan wanted to share something “light-hearted” in an effort to “inspire everyone to be mindful of having a balance that can help ease the stress of uncertain world events.” (To point out that a powerful president of a large company could perhaps relieve more effectively by supporting his staff and his rights…)
He then reported five paragraphs in the email discussing her two cats’ first birthdays, the noises they make, and her dream of one day owning a dog. Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier also reported via Twitter which Ryan wrote “that dogs truly are man’s best friend, they know their place and perform useful functions like biting burglars and chasing the balls you throw at them.” Kotaku also separately confirmed the content of this email and learned that Ryan had also written that he had missed his trips to Japan and watched Anatomy of a Scandal
As you’d expect, some staff members weren’t happy with the email. Bloomberg reports that internal discussion of the email was negative, with many sharing their anger and disappointment with the tone of the letter and its lack of pro-reproductive rights stance. One employee reportedly wrote that he had ‘never been so crazy about a cat birthday before’. Some women at the company reportedly wrote that they felt their rights had been violated or even trivialized by Ryan’s email.
While PlayStation and Jim Ryan seem unable or unwilling to offer more concrete support for abortion access and women’s rights in the United States, Bungie took a very different approach.
the Fate The developer has spent the last week and a half on Twitter publicly supporting abortion access, condemning the possible reversal of Roe v. Wade, and even confronting angry gamers who don’t like the idea of studios supporting their employees and their bodily rights. In the circumstances, it is interesting to note that PlayStation plans to buy Bungie for $3.6 billion ($5 billion). (Kotaku (also contacted Bungie for this story, but did not receive a response prior to publication.) I’m curious if Sony and PlayStation will accept the studio’s continued public support for abortion rights after the sale ends.
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