The internet being just what it is, it’s a rare opportunity when you don’t come face to screen with a new controversial scandal. Probably the biggest of its kind, at least in the past couple of years, GamerGate, as people refer to it, is still raging to this day, almost two years after it initially started.
Having the bad luck of being the latest victim of the internet scandal, a female Nintendo employee was fired after harassment campaign. Alison Rapp, the recently fired employee claims to have been fired because of an online hate campaign, but Nintendo vehemently denies the accusations. We’re most likely never going to get the full story, but here are some of the facts about the most recent GamerGate hot topic.
According to Rapp, her termination came as a result of a “whirlwind of controversy and harassment” caused by the GamerGate scandal, even though the company has a very good reason for which they terminated the marketing and translation specialist’s contract.
Nintendo admits that indeed Alison Rapp had been the subject of criticism from several groups a couple of weeks prior to the termination of her contract, but they deny that the two are in any way related. On the contrary, the Nintendo officials state how much they care about equal opportunity and diversity, and how they frown upon stereotypical views and offensive personal beliefs.
Miss Rapp was a translation and marketing specialist, part of Nintendo’s Treehouse team. She came under public scrutiny in February, after Nintendo released a publicly unsatisfying translated version of the game Fire Emblem: Fates, which had even removed a controversial homosexual conversion scene.
Despite the young woman’s denial of being involved in the translation, she still became the target of an online hate campaign. The accusations flying around weren’t nice, with Rapp even being accused by pedophilia because of an essay she wrote in college. Even more ironically, the biggest nuisance was a well-known white supremacist internet troll.
While Rapp still claims that Nintendo fired her in order to avoid all the controversy surrounding her, the company did give a very good reason as to why her contract was terminated. According to a press release, Rapp had violated an internal company policy, and that is what made her liable for termination.
Even though Rapp doesn’t deny that she was indeed holding a second job in conflict with Nintendo’s corporate culture, she still claims that the company would have glossed over it had it not been for the incessant internet bullying through which she went for the past couple of months.
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