Cats, dogs and views on abortion

PlayStation President Jim Ryan stands in front of the company logo.

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An internal email from PlayStation President Jim Ryan includes several paragraphs about cats, but fails to include a strong stance in support of its employees’ reproductive rights, even urging employees to “respect” anti-opinions and views. staff angry. and upset.

As reported by Bloomberg earlier today and independently verified by my boxan email from PlayStation boss Jim Ryan discussing the recently leaked Supreme Court draft signaled that the court dismissed the 1973 Roe v. Wade ddecision was sent to PlayStation staff on Thursday 12th May. If the court actually overturns this landmark case, it would allow states to ban abortions of all kinds in the United States, making it harder than ever for people who want an abortion to get the care they need they need and deserve. However, while Ryan’s email opens with a mention of it seemingly imminent and devastating blow to reproductive rightsThe PlayStation president avoids taking sides, instead asking staff to “respect the disagreements” on both sides of the issue.

In the email that Bloomberg saw and my box Confirming being sent to in-house staff, Ryan writes that the company, its employees and its players form a “diverse and diverse” community and that they all have “many different viewpoints.” He also wrote that the employees and the company “owe it to one another and to the millions of PlayStation users to respect the differences of opinion between everyone in our internal and external communities.” Respect does not equate to business. But it is fundamental to who we are as a company and as a valued global brand.

my box contacted Sony and PlayStation about the email but received no response prior to publication.

Rather than take a stand and promise to use the company’s resources to help employees who may need abortions in the future, or at least deliver a mild message of support for abortion rights, Ryan spent much of the email with talking about his cats. Seriously.

After barely lip service the destruction of access to safe and legal abortion in the United States, Ryan wanted to share something “light-hearted” to “inspire everyone to take care to have a balance that can help ease the stress of uncertain world events.” (To suggest that perhaps a powerful president of a large corporation could exonerate more effectively by supporting his employees and his rights…)

Then he reported five paragraphs in the email about their two cats’ first birthdays, the noises they make and their dream of owning a dog one day. Bloomberg Journalist Jason Schreier also reported via Twitter as Ryan wrote, “that dogs really are man’s best friends, they know their place and perform useful functions like biting burglars and chasing the balls you throw them.” my box also separately confirmed the content of that email and learned that Ryan also wrote that he missed and watched his trips to Japan Anatomy of a Scandal

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As you might expect, some employees were unhappy with the email. Bloomberg reports that internal discussion of the email was negative, with many sharing their anger and disappointment at the tone of the letter and its lack of pro-reproductive rights stance. One employee reportedly wrote that he had “never been this crazy about a cat birthday.” According to reports, some women in the company wrote that they felt their rights had been violated or even played down by Ryan’s email.

While PlayStation and Jim Ryan appear 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.

that Fate The developer has spent the last week and a half on Twitter publicly supporting access to abortion and the possible reversal of Roe v. Wade, and even confront angry gamers who don’t like the idea of ​​studios supporting their employees and their physical rights. Given the circumstances, it is interesting to note this PlayStation plans to buy Bungie for $3.6 billion. (my box (I also contacted Bungie about this story, but didn’t get a response prior to publication.) I’m curious to see whether Sony and PlayStation will accept the studio’s continued public support for abortion rights after the sale ends.