An internal email from PlayStation president Jim Ryan contains several paragraphs about cats, but does not contain a hard line supporting the reproductive rights of his staff, even asking employees to express anti-abortion views and opinions” respect”, which makes many PlayStation staff angry and angry.
As reported by Bloomberg earlier today and independently verified by Kotakuan email from PlayStation boss Jim Ryan about the recently leaked Supreme Court draft indicating that the court de Roe v. Wade d . from 1973 will destroydecision went to PlayStation staff on Thursday, May 12. If the court does indeed quash that historic case, states in the United States could start banning all types of abortions, making it harder than ever for people seeking abortions to get the care they need and deserve. However, as Ryan’s email opens stating this seemingly imminent, devastating blow to reproductive rightsavoids taking sides, instead asking staff to “respect differences of opinion” on both sides of the issue.
In the email, that Bloomberg has seen and Kotaku Confirming that it was sent to internally hired staff, Ryan writes that the company, its employees and its players are a “multifaceted and diverse” community and that they all have “many different points of view”. He also wrote that the staff and the company “have a duty to each other and to the millions of PlayStation users to respect differences of opinion between everyone in our internal and external communities. Respect does not equal agreement. But it is fundamental to who we are as a company and as a valued global brand.”
Kotaku has contacted Sony and PlayStation about the email, but has not heard back before publication.
Rather than take a stance and promise that he would use his company’s resources to help staff who might need abortions in the future, or at least give a faint message of support for abortion rights, Ryan spent much of the email talking about his cats. Serious.
After barely paying lip service to the destruction of safe, legal access to abortion in the United StatesRyan wanted to share something that was “light-hearted” in an effort to “inspire everyone to be aware of having a balance that can ease the stress of uncertain world events.” (Emphasise that perhaps a powerful president of a large corporation could relax more effectively by supporting his staff and their rights…)
He then brought a reported five paragraphs in the email about his two cats’ first birthdays, the noises they make, and his dream of owning a dog one day. Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier additionally reported via Twitter that Ryan wrote “that dogs truly are man’s best friend, they know their place and perform useful functions such as biting burglars and chasing after balls you throw at them.” Kotaku also separately confirmed the contents of this email and found that Ryan also wrote about missing his trips to Japan and watching Anatomy of a scandal
As you’d expect, some employees weren’t happy with the email. Bloomberg reports that internal discussion of the email has been negative, with many sharing their anger and disappointment at the letter’s tone and lack of a stance in support of reproductive rights. One employee reportedly wrote that they had “never been this mad at a cat’s birthday before”. Some women at the company are said to have written that they felt their rights were not being respected or even downplayed by Ryan’s email.
While PlayStation and Jim Ryan appear unable or unwilling to provide more concrete support for abortion access and women’s rights in the United States, Bungie has taken a very different approach†
The Destiny The developer has spent the past week and a half on Twitter, publicly supporting abortion access, condemning the potential overthrow of Roe v. Wade, and even cracking down on angry gamers who don’t like the idea of studios supporting their employees and their bodily rights. Under the circumstances, it is interesting to note that: PlayStation plans to buy Bungie for $3.6 billion† †Kotaku also contacted Bungie about this story, but received no response before publishing.) I wonder if Sony and PlayStation are okay with the studio continuing to publicly support abortion rights once the sale is complete.