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Achievement Unlocked: Career Suicide

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Posted on July 1, 2012 AT 12:35pm

As a games journalist, there are going to be some people in the industry that you may have no clue about. It is understandable to not know about everything or who everyone is, but it is a tenet in the industry, and in humanity in general, to treat someone as you would expect to be treated. If you don’t know about something or someone, you research and when things go badly, you address them as best as you can. Most of us consider this to be common sense, just as we consider stepping away from the internet when you are drunk. Destructoid’s now ex-journalist, Ryan Perez, couldn’t bring himself to do that apparently. With a sheer lack of common sense and in a drunken stupor, Perez tweeted the following abuse to Felicia Day:

As a contributing member of Destructoid, how could he not have any clue about Felicia Day or what she has done for geek culture? A simple Google search could bring up just some of her contributions as creator, writer, actress or a combination of the three, and would take less time than writing all of the above tweets. Here’s a quick summary of Day’s contributions:

TV Shows/Internet Series

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • The Guild
  • The Legend of Neil
  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
  • Dollhouse
  • Dragon Age: Redemption
  • Eureka

Video Games
  • Rock of the Dead
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin
  • Guild Wars 2
Day also has appearances across several other mediums including comics and music videos. Let’s not forget to mention her new forays which include Geek & Sundry (a new YouTube original-content channel), a weekly vlog on the aforementioned called The Flog, an appearance on season two of Jane Espenson’s web series Husbands, among other future endeavors. In her own way, Day has brought the existence of girl gamers and geeks to the mainstream. With the slew of media that Day has contributed to, it’s at the point of being inexcusable for a games journalist (especially one at a high profile site such as Destructoid) to not know who Felicia Day is.

After being educated by fervent Day fans on Twitter, Perez eventually got around to apologizing to her, although, it feels extremely disingenuous. He cites drunkenness and lack of Twitter experience, thinking that “@” messages were only seen by the people listed within them. He expresses that he sincerely had no idea who she was until this controversy. He also admits to being a “loose cannon”.  Excuses, excuses, excuses.

Immediately after this faux apology letter, Perez states the following: “Also, how is me making shitty (and drunk) comments to one person any different than all of you doing the same to me? Fucking logic bomb” and “Humorously enough, I see people openly agreeing with the spiteful crap I said originally. Alas, I see no noose for them.” He doesn’t understand that through his personal Twitter account that he still (at the time) represented the site that he wrote for, not to mention the aim of his comments. They could have been pointed at a number of other women in the industry and they could possibly be true about some of them. Would that have still made this situation right? No, but to suggest them about someone who has funded her own projects and gave her blood, sweat and tears to this industry is unpardonable. Perez, then, turned his vitriol on a number of other people in the same manner that he tweeted to Day to include Wil Wheaton and Adam Baldwin.

Destructoid responded by distancing themselves from Perez who has since parted ways from the website, but I must ask the question if Destructoid gave Perez (or any of their staff members) any type of social media training? This isn’t the first incident of misogyny from a Destructoid contributor. Jim Sterling has some incidents in his past that he wasn’t let go over. Maybe it’s time for Destructoid to hold some social media as well as sensitivity training.

This author was glad to see the likes of Adam Baldwin and Wil Wheaton standing up for Day. Women are constantly fighting for equality across all aspects of our lives. With the recent admonishment of Aisha Tyler, the “weakness” debacle with Lara Croft, and now this situation with Felicia Day, this misogyny and marginalization in our geek and gamer culture is coming to the forefront. It seems like every time that there are positive women role models in this industry, there is always something trying to bring them down. This attitude needs to change.

Even now, Perez is still continuing his ignorance and sheer disregard to anyone who tweets him. As a self-proclaimed asshole, guess this won’t be a learning experience for him. Congratulations on your career suicide, Mr. Perez.

Amanda "Mandie" Marron is a US Navy Veteran, Gamer, Reader, Poet, Xbox Community Ambassador, Battlestar Galactica Aficionado, Wine Connoisseur, and all around geek. Follow me on Twitter: @Caprickah


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